6 year old wetting pants in school

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6 year old wetting pants in school
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Mon, 02-01-2010 - 4:20pm
Hello everyone, i am new here! I am a work at home mom of three children Sean 6, Isaiah 4, and Marlee 2. We have been having issues with Sean 6 wetting his pants in school. He know what to do, but just wont get up and go!! We still have issues with him at night (he still wears a pull up), i dont know if it is laziness or he just sleeps that deep. Back to wetting at school, I dont think he likes his teacher, she is real old school and I feel he is intimidated by her. Please if you have any advise i will really love it! Thanks so much!

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Registered: 01-14-2005
Tue, 02-02-2010 - 1:40pm

My about to be 7 yo dd did that for a time, but then we encouraged her to develop a habit of "going potty" right after lunch, with all the other kids.

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Registered: 12-05-2006
Tue, 02-02-2010 - 5:52pm

That is fairly common for someone your sons age. I wouldn't worry about it just yet. Talk to him and just encourage him to use the potty, but do not punish him for something that is not his fault yet.

My DD is a lot older and still has issues so it really isn't anything to worry about yet. Might want to send him with a pullup on if it is happening frequently. At least that way no one will know and he won't have to deal with accidents and embarrassment.

Good luck!

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Registered: 04-02-2008
Tue, 02-02-2010 - 6:38pm
My oldest had to wear pullups at night for a very long time, he's a really deep sleeper so I wouldn't worry about that.

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Sat, 02-06-2010 - 1:25am
Thank you ladies so much for all the great advise. I was putting a pull up on my son but his teacher told me not to because he needs to be accountable for his actions. She does encourage then to go to the bathroom between lunch and other activities, but for some reasons he still wets his pants. I will do what most of you have suggested and encourage him and hopefully he will grow out of this phase.
Thanks again for everything!!
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Wed, 02-10-2010 - 8:49pm

Generally, for before nighttime bed wetting can stop, the body must first develop a hormone signaling the kidneys to slow urine production when the body is asleep. Without that hormone, the body produces too much urine to stay dry at night. Some children are just slower to develop the hormone than other children. I would not worry about it at your ds age. Just continue letting him have the pull-up. You might also check your library for the book "Waking Up Dry" by the American Academy of Pediatrics. It explains various causes of nighttime bed wetting and ways to overcome it.

You might want to take your ds to the doctor to rule out physical causes for the daytime wetting. The doc can check for constipation, infections, small bladder, etc.

Stress is also a common reason for wetting. If your ds is intimidated by the teacher or by the bathrooms, even though he may know what to do, it may be hard for him to take the necessary steps. You might want to work out a routine with the teacher for your ds to use the bathroom at specific points during the day. You can also get a vibrating wrist-watch to remind your ds when he is supposed to use the toilet (let the teacher know that you're using it; you can set the watch to specific times during the school day when it would be convenient for your ds to be dismissed to the bathroom).

Has ds been able to articulate any of his reasons for not using the toilet?

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Registered: 02-17-2010
Wed, 02-17-2010 - 11:33am

My 6 year old did the same thing!!