i have a 6 year old. i have tried on many occassions to get him dry at night. he normally wears drynites. sometimes they are dry in the morning sometimes wet. recently again i have tried him with just pants onn. a couple of nights he has been dry but have put in on the toilet before i go to bed so he gets into the habit of getting up and going in the night. not sure if this is what i should be doing. the past few nights he has wet the bed once to two times. he wakes up cold and wet and this disrupts his sleep. i have been to the doctors who has checked his wee and it is fine. he seems to think he will do it in his own time and when he has matured. it has took him a long time to be accidents free in the day time and is only recently acheived this. dont know if it may therefore take him longer at night too. a bit frustrated and just wondered what i should do. stick with drynites for a bit till they are dry or keep going with the pants. just want to do whats best for him.
As with many daytime continence, children develop nighttime bladder control at different ages. The most common cause of bedwetting is a neurological-developmental delay. Research suggests that children who wet the bed at night may have a nervous system that is slow to process the feeling of a full bladder. Consequently, these children do not wake up in time to relieve themselves. Persistent bedwetting is not considered to be a problem until your child turns five or six years of age, although some doctors and researchers suggest bedwetting is perfectly normal up to the age of 8 years – particularly when it comes to boys. Treatment is typically not recommended until your child is 6 to 7 years of age as most children up to the age of 7 years do become dry on their own. However if his bedwetting begins to worry him (or you!) then it is certainly time to pursue treatment options. In the meantime, it is perfectly fine for you to put him on the toilet before bedtime, when doing this you need to make sure he is awake and conscious of voiding and that you alternate the time so that his bladder does not become conditioned into needing to empty at the same time each night. All the best!