My 5 yr old son's night time bed wetting seems to be getting worse. He went from being dry 3 times a week 6 months ago, to being wet everynight 4 months ago, and now in the last 3 months he is so wet every drynite nappy leaks. In fact every nappy i try leaks because there is so much urine. I think the reason for this is because he is so much more tired during the day and so sleeping more heavily at night (he started school around 3 months ago). He has adjusted to school extremely well and has lots of friends, so i dont think he is anxious about school, but i have noticed that he visits the toilet less often during the day (some days at school he doesnt go to the toilet at all). My questions are; 1) does this pattern happen with other children ie getting worse? 2) what other alternative nappies (or similar) can u recommend to hold in all the urine (i have even tried thick tena lady pads inside the drynite nappy but this doesnt always work).
Hi Georgie, sometimes there appears to be no rhyme or reason to children’s bedwetting, which can be incredibly frustrating! It is not particularly unusual for children to experience an increase in nighttime wetting when they do start school. There are a number of simple explanations for this. Firstly, children certainly becomes more overtired adjusting to the additional demands of a school day – this even occurs among children who have attended day care 5 days a week. There is less very little rest or down time and the demands of learning lots of new things both socially and academically means children are both physically and mentally exhausted when they go to bed. This typically results in them sleeping more deeply. You can try managing this by shifting his bedtime earlier about 30 minutes to ensure he gets a better night sleep. It is also very common for children to drink less and eat less when they start school – with children consuming the majority of their daily intake in the afternoon and evening. This places additional pressure on the bladder at night, particularly if during the day it has become conditioned into holding less urine. Given his marked increase in urine production at night it would not hurt to have your son assessed by his GP just to make sure there are no other contributing factors. In the meantime, you need to encourage him to drink more water more frequently throughout the day. You could mark his drink bottle with a permanent pen with a number of lines showing him how much he should drink by recess, then lunch etc. Have a quiet word with his class teacher so that she can remind him to drink throughout the day. With respect to absorbant pants – DryNites are really your best option with respect to absorbancy levels. Have your tried him in the larger size? Sometimes children’s DryNites begin to leak when they are ready to progress to the larger size. You could request a sample off the website to see whether they provide a better fit and reduce leakage. All the best!