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Bedwetting advice for a six year old- We have been trying very hard to help my almost 6 yr old son dry at night, it was only during the recent school holidays that we discovered that if he ate earlier and we stopped all fluids early he remained dry. Our household consists of 2 full time working parents, my partner works at night so it is only me to deal with the 2 kids at night, we don’t get home till 6:30 so by the time I get our 1 yr old bathed & into bed and cook dinner whilst trying to do homework at the same time it is usually after 7 that we eat and then I am still trying to get him to bed at a semi reasonable hour so he can be alert for school and I find that whilst trying to do all this there isn’t enough time between dinner & going to bed for him to empty his bladder. Does any other full time working parents have any tips on how they get it all done. Thanks

Posted by anon, 15/10/13

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  • It’s not uncommon for boys to be later continent. Actually, my son still had the occasional accident when he was 10yrs old. We reduced liquid intake in the evening and would pick him up to go to the toilet before we went to bed ourselves. When he got wet in the night we just took the bedding off (I expected him to help me that) and popped it into the washing machine. No fuzz and no negative messages.


  • Perhaps speak to your doctor about the bed wetting.
    It could be something psychological, it could just be his bladder, it could be completely normal.
    Accidents do happen & he may just out grow it all on his own.
    It is nothing to be embarrassed about, a lot of children have this issue.
    Have a chat with your doctor & see what they suggest.
    Best of luck.


  • Do now worry about it, learn to manage the bedwetting, see your gp and get a referral to a paed urologist, all childrens bladders mature at different rates and in fact 5 percent of the adult population still wet the bed, we put a lot of pressure on children to be dry of a night for our convenience as it is easier and more socially acceptable, restricting fluids, waking children up to go to the toilet has been shown in many studies to have no impact, I had identical twin boys, one was dry at 3 the other was dry at 15, there is medication available that can be taken as a nasal spray which can assist the bladder control, which is why I would be seeing a doctor so that any problems can be ruled out and then you can concentrate on helping the child to get some bladder control, the most important thing I think is to emphasise that it is not a problem and there is no shame. the child needs to be supported. and eventually he will be dry.


  • Could you prepare dinners in advance so that they just need reheating each night?


  • there are some good comments here


  • How is he going now?


  • A bed alarm if you’re really worried about it


  • how did it go? :)


  • Maybe you could have meals prepared the night before or ready to go in the freezer so that dinner is ready early and maybe that would help. So when you were cooking dinner it would be for the next day to be reheated and eaten?


  • Some good advice below – hope some helps.


  • What did you end up doing?


  • my son is 7 and i just purchased the alarm. i willl let you know how it goes. his is hereditary and something that most of the time they just have to out grow


  • Often this issue is anxiety based. You seem to have a great deal on your plate. I would suggest seeing a child psychologist


  • Hope this situation is working itself out for you


  • there is a thing that you can get from the chemist which you put in their underwear and a ear piece in their ear and its beeps when they start wetting themselves and it teaches them to get up and go to the toilet


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