My son is 5 years old and is still wetting through his nappy and soaking the sheets almost everynight. It is very frustrating as i make sure he goes to the toilet before bed. But somehow he still manages to wet. He is a very heavy sleeper and doesn't wake to get up to go to the toilet until he's already wet. Im not sure if i should try medication or if it is something he will grow out of. Do you have any tips for me to help him with this problem?
It is not unusual for your 5-year-old son to be wetting the bed at night with about 17% of children continuing to do so. The ability to control our bladder is a gradual process with some children taking a little longer than others. We typically recommend that parents wait until their child has turned 6 before considering bedwetting treatments. If this has become a problem for your son then it is time to speak with your GP. They will run a few tests first just to rule out any underlying medical cause. Some doctors may prescribe a synthetic version of vasopressin – a hormone which inhibits the amount of urine produced by the kidneys overnight – typically this is not recommended until children are older and should only be used in the short-term. I would recommend that you put him in DryNites rather than a nappy – this will not only help with the leakage issue but it will help him to feel more confident about himself as they look more like a pant and less like something babies would wear.