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4-7 years

7yr old Still bed wetting, I have had him in nappies waiting till they get dry, but very rarely happened. Try waking him up night, it heavy sleeper, pull him out of bed but still half asleep. Have had an emotional 3 years, my in-laws lived behind us. And both passed away past year. FIL from cancer and MIL sudden in sleep on Mother’s Day. WhT do I do? My 5yr old daughter the same. I need help!

Firstly, I'm very sorry to hear about the loss of both your in-laws, what a difficult time this must be for all of you. It is not unusual for children to continue to wet the bed at night at the age of 7 - however it would be wise to follow this up with your GP or ask to be referred to a continence specialist as the older children get this less likely they are to achieve continence without some form of intervention. Bedwetting does have a genetic element to it so it is not unusual to find a number of children in the same family who wet the bed. In terms of treatment, waking your child at night to take them to the toilet may help in reducing the number of wet beds, however this should only be done if it does not result in disrupted sleep patterns for you and your child. You need to keep in mind that in most cases this approach will not teach children to wake-up on their own and go to the toilet. Kind Regards, Cathrine