How can I help my 4 year old stop wetting the bed?

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bed-wetting is actually a very typical

childhood problem about sixteen percent

of kids ages five to seven are still

wetting the bed at night most commonly

kids learn how to control their bladder

during the day and then this starts to

carry on through the night as they've

learned how to coordinate and their body

tells them when their bladders full they

need to go to the bathroom most kids

master this by about the age of four and

you mentioned that your son is four so

he's still at the age where this would

be pretty normal behavior for him to

have accidents now and then at night

most kids do master it between the ages

of five and seven though a lot of

parents are very concerned when they see

this though because it's inconvenient

and it's embarrassing and they worry

that there's some underlying medical

condition that might be causing it you

mentioned that you're planning on going

to the doctor next week for his well

check and you're going to talk about it

with the doctor and that's good because

then the doctor can ask you more

questions about it perhaps talk to your

son about it and also see if there are

any other underlying medical conditions

that might contribute to it but in most

cases it's normal and it passes with

time some of the underlying medical

conditions that might contribute to bed

wetting are diabetes urinary tract

infections kidney problems seizure sleep

problems and even constipation so the

doctor can talk to you more specifically

about these things to see if they're

contributing but in most cases it's just

because the child's bladder is may be

developing a little bit slower than

usual their bladder holds a smaller than

normal amount of urine and genetics play

a part too so if you're your husband wet

the bed when you were a child then it's

more likely that your children will as

well diminished levels of vasopressin or

home a hormone that reduces your in

production can contribute to children

wetting the bed at night and if your

child is just a super deep sleeper and

isn't awakened by a full bladder a child

who has that issue might be more likely

to wet the bed in addition to talking to

the doctor there are a few things that

you can try at home to see if they help

you mentioned you've been kind of

watching the amount of fluid that your

son drinks before he goes to bed and

doctors have varying opinions on this

overall they say it doesn't necessarily

help because the child will still wet

the bed they'll just wet the bed a

little bit less so instead of like six

ounces of urine there'd be like four

that some parents do notice a little bit

of a change when they do limit that

their child's fluid intake towards

bedtime so your child definitely has

fluid intake needs each day that they

have to meet and if you try to cram most

of your child's fluid intake in the

morning hours in the afternoon and then

taper off in the evening hours then that

may help them a little bit for example

have him drink forty percent of what

he'd normally drink in a 24-hour period

in the morning forty percent in the

afternoon so he only needs twenty

percent of that at nighttime parents who

restrict fluids before bedtime when they

have a child who normally drinks a lot

at night or in the evening hours may run

the risk of causing dehydration and

stuff for their child here's a couple of

other suggestions many parents feel like

if they use pull ups at night that will

help with an inconvenience factor but

polyps have actually been proven to

train children's brains to not get up at

night because they know that there's

that security factor and you know their

brain won't necessarily wake them up

because they don't they may feel the

wetness because pull-ups don't keep it

off their skin but it's okay because

nothing has to be cleaned up and so it's

actually best to keep your son in

underwear so that he feels it and he

knows when he wets the bed just get like

a mattress liner a waterproof mattress

liner and maybe have some extra sheets

available so if he wets the bed at night

you're not trying to you know rummage

through the closet to find sheets and

that might be a little more convenient

for you also remember that when he has

bedwetting episodes be very nonchalant

about it after it happens don't make a

big deal out of it or punish him but do

make a big deal when he is successful

and is dry after a night and maybe keep

a chart so that you can see trends and

see if it's getting worse or it's

getting better and this might also help

your pediatrician if he tells you to

monitor it now the doctor may talk to

you about a bedwetting alarm and what

this is is something that a child wears

that senses when there's even just a

little bit of moisture and an alarm goes

off waking the child up to prompt them

to go and use the bathroom and the idea

is that after you know a couple of weeks

of this alarm going off when their

bladder starts to empty a little bit

then their brains starts through to real

oh I can't just let it out I need to

hold it and wake up and go to the

bathroom so sometimes that like that's a

form of training a child's brain to get

up at night so that's an option if it's

a severe enough case and again the

doctor can talk to you and determine if

that's necessary or not but I hope those

other tips help you and good luck with

everything if you have any other

questions for me feel free to ask them

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