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Second night with bedwetting alarm December 9, 2010

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My son, Adam, is five years old. He has consistently wet the bed for about two years now. When he was younger, under three years old I would guess, and we put him to bed with no diaper, he seemed to have dry nights at least half of the time, though I must admit that my memory is a little foggy on this.

Now that he’s five years old (almost 5 1/2), wetting the bed occurs practically every night, multiple times per night. It is soooooo frustrating. Yes, we limit liquids in the afternoon/evening, but it seems to make little, if any, difference. Yes, we have tried waking him up to go potty — this sometimes cuts back on laundry, but it hasn’t – that we can see – made any difference in the actual bedwetting problem.

When Adam was about 4 1/2 years old, we used a bedwetting alarm that we borrowed from a friend for a few months. It was slow, slow going, and any progress that we made was negated by the fact that the battery on the sensor unit eventually died (without us realizing that was the case).

Fast forward to the present, with Adam being 5 1/2 years old and wetting the bed nightly. We recently choked up the $60 to buy a new sensor for the alarm, and we are back in the trenches with using the alarm every night.

Last night (night # 2), the alarm sounded three separate times. Once at 11 p.m., once at 1:30 a.m., and once at 6:30 a.m. It boggles my mind — this means that without the alarm, and without Mom or Dad coming in to wake him up at predetermined times, Adam would have outright wet the bed THREE separate times last night. And knowing what I know about my son, he is not likely to have woken up and finished urinating in the toilet. Oh no, not Adam. These would have been full releases into his bedding while he was sound asleep.


4 Responses to “Second night with bedwetting alarm”

  1. 3boysmama Says:

    Our middle son was a difficult one in this respect too. He actually didn’t stop wetting the bed until he was 6 or 7. We were told that basically his body hadn’t matured enough to ‘know’ to hold it, and he would sleep right through it like your son. We limit his drinks, make sure he pees before bed, and he helps change his sheets when it happens. Be patient with him, and cut yourself some slack too!

    • lotsofopinions Says:

      Thanks for the wisdom and encouragement. It is tough to be patient, but that is the most important thing of all.

  2. momsense Says:

    I have a child who wet the bed nightly (often several times) until he was 8 years old. Beginning in preschool and through age 6, I just invested in a couple pair of washable, waterproof underwear and used a waterproof sheet protector to minimize the laundry. Bedwetting at age 5 is so common most doctors consider it normal. Just remember your child is not bedwetting because he is lazy his brain just does not receive the full bladder signal when he is sleeping. So, Definitely take a no big deal approach.
    Washable, waterproof underwear

    However when my child reached the age of seven, the bedwetting began to chip away at his self esteem. He began to fear his friends finding out and showed frustration about the bedwetting. We solved his bed wetting by using an alarm. He went from being wet every single night to completely dry in about 6 weeks. The bed wetting alarm has given us years of dry nights. Alarms

    My child absolutely loved the children’s book, Prince Bravery and Grace – Attack of the Wet Knights. It’s the story of a young prince who struggles with “the Wet Knights” and eventually defeats them by using an alarm. It’s funny yet empathetic and gave him the understanding and motivation to end the bed wetting. has lots of positive information about solving bed wetting. Invest in the book, it makes the process so much easier, then an alarm -its the best decision I ever made.

    • lotsofopinions Says:

      Thank you! for the info and encouragement. I had no idea that children’s book existed. Might order it today! And the waterproof underwear, I may have seen that but I never really thought about it before.

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