GRRRRRRR! I am so tired

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GRRRRRRR! I am so tired
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Wed, 05-28-2003 - 8:44am
Of my child wetting the bed!!!!!!He has done this since birth!!! The first few days I brought him home he wet thru his diaper. I am still fighting that!!!He wears pull ups at night, they leak all over the place. I limit fluids in the evening, but he has baseball games at night, so I do let him drink water while playing (in our hot humid area you have to drink water!). He slept in our bed last night because his was so wet from the night before. Now MINE is soaked!! I know there is a med for this, but I don't want to give hime anymore meds, he takes 3 meds pluse Omega 3's. Have also hear some really bad mood changes in BP kids who have taken these meds.

I have tried waking him up at night, almost got a black eye from that. He fights when he is asleep. Another time I tried to wake him, he never went back to sleep!!! Any Ideas???? Any products that help save your mattress??? Every tim I put on a water proof mattress pad, he tears it off (may be the noise it makes?)HELLLPPPP MEEEE!!!!!!!!! UGH!

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Wed, 05-28-2003 - 9:41am
My sister has this problem with her son. He takes a nasal spray dioxin or dijoxin maybe is the name , I can't think of it off hand.He wets out of stress. I have gotten these medical pads for him the are cotton on top and like a yellow plastic underneath. Sort of like a thing meat is put on only bigger. You can buy them at a medical supply store relatively cheap. You put it under the sheet. It isn't fool proof but better then totally soaked and better then plastic sheet.

Quick question, has he been tested for diabetes? My neighbors daughter was diag bipolar, always wet the bed, then they found out she was diabetic and treated that she was no longer bipolar. Maybe just a coincidence.

Maureen

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Wed, 05-28-2003 - 10:32am
This is what worked for my ds (who is now almost 10). He wet the bed until he was 7 1/2. When I started giving him a B-complex supplement several times a day (but especially right before bed) and calcium-magnesium (natural muscle relaxer, it helps him go to sleep) he stopped the bed wetting. I know that the B-complex has something to do with helping to metabolize sugar in the blood (too much sugar in the blood and not enough B's to metabolize it and you end up with blown muscle control. Cal-mag as I said before is a natural muscle relaxer (I know you don't want him to "relax" too much or he will wet the bed :) But, deficiencies can cause muscle twitches (the bladder) and then when the bladder "twitches" the urine is released. Have you ever tried to stop the flow of urine after it has started? (Kegel excersises) It's hard, now try to imagine trying to stop it while you are sleeping, impossible. If you can stop the twitching, then maybe you won't have the bed wetting anymore.

Anyway, this is what has worked for us. I have only had one wed bed in the last 2 yrs, and that was because my ds had a cold and was coughing in the middle of the night.

Good luck, ASL

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Wed, 05-28-2003 - 10:59am
The bed pad that mine used when she was little was from Wal-Mart. You can find it in the baby section and its quite large(does not cover the whole bed). It has something like a flannel covering on both sides, don't know what's in the middle but its completely waterproof and doesn't make any noise. I always had a few on hand and have now loaned them to a friend who has a 7YO with this problem. This is what she does.

Puts a fitted sheet on, places a pad down, puts another fitted sheet on, puts another pad down, and then another sheet on top. If the sheet is wet she just removes that sheet and the pad and there is another one underneath. Her DD has never wet more that 2 x per night so it works well for her.

HTH Susan

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Wed, 05-28-2003 - 11:45am
Well fortunately Jamie is still small enough that he fits in the biggest size of diapers. I think half the time the meds make him sleep so soundly (when he eventually falls asleep) that he won't wake up if he needs to pee.

What about the xtra small depends or similar product. I don't know how big Joiner is but I know they make really small ones for "thin" older people.

Other than that, the mattress pad idea is what I'd go for. We tried pull ups but Jamie would soak the bed right through them. Still once and a while he will soak right through a diaper but not often.

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Thu, 05-29-2003 - 1:23am
I know how frustrating this must be. I didn't think my son would ever stop wetting the bed. He is almost 8 and has finally (knock on wood) stopped. But I have to be so careful to watch his fluid intake. He is such a deep sleeper. He will sleep right through it all. Fortunately I could wake him up to take him to the bathroom (but he would sleep through the whole thing.

I've very good results with the Potty Pager. http://www.pottypager.com

They slip it between the flap in their underware and at the first sign of moisture this pager goes off, vibrates or something like that. It supposedly is really good about waking the child up. He may pee all the way to the bathroom the first several times! LOL but supposedly it really works.

Good luck and hang in there!

Felicia

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Thu, 05-29-2003 - 9:17am
Hi all,

MY DS Austin is 7.5 and still wets the bed too. Diabetes has crossed my mind, because he is always very "thirsty" too. Maybe I should bring it up to the doc. We still buy pullups for him, and I'm wondering, is this just feeding the urge for him to keep wetting himself? Cause it's like a security thing, is this making him lazier?

Just wondering what everyone thinks..

Amy
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Amy -

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Thu, 05-29-2003 - 4:26pm
I have thought the same thing. BUT who on earth would WANT to wake up to a wet smelly bed??? My son hates it when he is all wet & icky, so I know he isn't just using the pullup as a crutch. he truley wants to stay dry. A lot of times I have to let him fall asleep & then put on his pull up. Doc says that his bladder is just immature & he will eventually grow out of it. GEEZ, he's almost 8, how much longer do I have to wait??????
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Fri, 05-30-2003 - 9:20pm
Kathy,

Been there, done that, got the wet sheets to prove it! Taylor was 5 1/2 before she "got it". They sell waterproof pads at Linens & Things that are soft, noise-free cloth. What I did was just put her in underpants because the pull ups were making the eczema on her bottom awful. We had many many many wet nights, but what I did was make her strip the bed and load the washer. (keeping in mind I made her wash ONLY her sheets teehee) She finally got it and I'm sure your ds will too. The small bladder thought......definitely. Just remember, he won't go to his first job with a diaper in his briefcase. :)

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Sun, 06-01-2003 - 9:08am
Are you sure??????? Well maybe not in the briefcase,but he may be WEARING it!!!!!! I did go out & find a softer bed liner that you zip on the whole bed. THAT has helped, at least the mattress is not getting wet. We aired it out before I did that, put it in the sun & sprayed Fabreez on it. Now I need to find a pad for our bed. Sadly he sleeps in our bed some too esp. after nightmares. I am visioning this 25 year old "boy" in pullups sleeing in his parents bed with his blankie while sucking his thumb. ;0)
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Sun, 06-01-2003 - 8:23pm
You are way too funny! I have a friend who has two boys (4 & 7) and she has such potty issues with them. The oldest has to have Milk of Magnesia every day to help him with his bm's or he'll be (as she puts it) stopped up to his neck. Maybe HE'LL be the one with the diaper (or Depends) in HIS briefcase!!! lol!