About a year ago, Mickey and I had our son at the doctor for a normal checkup. When we were just about to finish up, Mickey took him out of the room and I had a private conversation with the doctor. “He is still wetting the bed,” I said. “I just want to make sure that this is Ok?”
You see, our oldest son stopped wetting the bed when he was one, so to have a child still wetting the bed years past potty training was new to me. Today, I am working with GoodNites to tell you that all kids are different… even in this situation.
Of course, the doctor said that it was fine and that he would outgrow it. She said that one in six children between the ages of 4 and 12 experience nighttime wetting and that most boys outgrow it around the age of 10-12. So, don’t stress… we aren’t alone in this and eventually, it stops.
Just like our teeth fall out at different times, we learn to walk at different times, we grow at different rates, we learn in different ways… bedwetting is no different. We all develop differently, so why should we expect this to be the same? Our son is great at so many things – I’m certainly not going to get caught up in bedwetting – something completely out of his control. Nighttime wetting is most often a developmental issue that children grow out of in time, so there’s no reason to stress about it. That’s my kid – going at his own pace… and not worried about it, so why should I be?
Now… the important part: Knowing all of that, be sure to openly talk to your child to let them know that there are options to manage their bedwetting discreetly. We’ve discovered GoodNites Bedtime Pants – disposable nighttime pants that are easy to use and designed specifically to provide outstanding nighttime protection. They make him feel more comfortable and confident and they make our mornings easier… plus, we don’t get those middle of the night wake-ups “Mom? My sheets are wet?” So, I’m on board. He will grow out of it soon enough.
My son likes them because they have a super stretchy sides, so they are comfortable. I like them because they have five layers of protection & double leg barriers to help protect all night long, plus the zoned protection in areas where my little guy need it the most.
One night, over the weekend, our son had a friend sleep over. When his mom came with his bag, she whispered to me “There are GoodNites in there,” and I laughed and said “We use them, too.” So I went back to the bedroom and said to both boys, “hey guys- you BOTH still use GoodNites Bedtime Pants” and let me tell you – they got SUCH a kick out of that. I tell you this to say that it is NOT uncommon. Even our pediatrician said, “this is one of those things that most people are going through, but no one talks about, but just say ‘that’s my kid’ and embrace it… don’t stress about it.”
So, you aren’t alone. You don’t need to stress. Your child doesn’t need to worry. Eventually we all stop wetting the bed… I’m pretty sure you aren’t wetting the bed now, so your child will be the same way. 🙂 In the meantime, grab some GoodNites Bedtime Pants, embrace it & proudly say “That’s my kid! and move on with your day (and night!).
To learn more about bedwetting and hear advice from experts that can help your child rest easy tonight, visit GoodNites.com.
This post is sponsored by GoodNites Bedtime Pants.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of GoodNites. The opinions and text are all mine.
SO refreshing to hear that we are not alone! My oldest, who is 6 still wets the bed every night! Our pediatrician has reassured us that it is common especially if there is someone in the family that was a late bed wetter. We also use Goodnights! 🙂
I liked this post! My son is 4 and got the past six months I’ve been saying everytime I buy a box of pull ups “this is the last one”. Good to now it’s not just him, and this too shall pass.
My son just had his 8 year old check up. He too is still bed wetting. I had stopped using the goodnights because my MIL and my mom were telling me “He needs to feel that he is wet.” Well, he wasn’t feeling it. Even if he wet the bed, he wa not feeling it at all. I talked with Dr. Eddie and asked if it would give the wrong message if I went back to the “nighttime underwear ” or was I just being “silly”? His response was, “It’s not silly if you don’t mind doing the extra laundry everyday.” He also said that he cannot help it and that he will grow out of it.. So we left his office, went directly to the store and bought our supersized box of Goodnights.
C. Lacey says
Bedwetting can unexpectedly happen at any time. My little 12 year old son was temporarily bedridden with a leg injury, and couldn’t walk down the hall to the bathroom. My son was drinking lots of water, per our doctor’s instructions, and it seemed like he always had to pee. It was warm during this time, and my son was usually sleeping naked. I tried to check on him early each morning, and one morning found him awake holding himself. I sat on the edge of his bed, and was talking to him about giving him a sponge bath. He was squeezing his little penis real tight, and then just let it go. His little fountain of youth shot pee straight up into the air, and really soaked his bed sheet. Luckily, I had put a plastic mattress cover under his bed sheet. After his big pee accident, I cleaned up, and we talked about trying to pee into a towel, or a plastic container I put by his bed. I talked him into wearing a diaper only at night. Most early mornings when I did my usual check, he was still sound asleep. A few mornings I checked his diaper, and he was very wet. One morning he woke up while I was changing his wet diaper, and he seemed very embarrassed that his mom was changing his diaper. I think at first he was a little shy about his mom seeing him naked all the time, but he got used to me being his caregiver. He later thanked me for taking care of him. These were tough times, but we got through this together.
What worked for my son was to make sure he did not eat or drink anything for at least an hour before he went to bed. we had him wash up brush his teeth and make sure he went to the toilet before going to bed. Thank God this worked for him. I am letting you know this because maybe this can work for you. This is for a boy or a girl. Good Luck.
We have this incident once in a while. But what helped us was him not drinking sugar drinks in afternoon. Not that my kids do but even no milk past 2pm, just water. We also took him to chiropractor. The chiropractor suggested the drink limits. He adjusted him. I was not a big chiropractor person but after that I was sold more on them. Maybe wets once every few months.