My DS is nearly 10 and has only just become dry at night. Sometimes bed wetting can be a hormone thing but more often it is just teaching the brain and bladder to make the connection over night that "hey I need to pee". Our son woke up drenched every morning right until we started attending a contienence clinic late last year. It took 2 weeks for him to be night trained using the pad and alarm system. Key factors the child psychologist told us were:
Do not restrict fluids before bed
Encourage bladder stretching during the day- encourage lots of drinks and get them to hold on until they can no longer tolerate it. Our sons bladder capacity went from holding 180mls to over 350mls in 2 weeks.
Do not wake the child overnight to go to the toilet, they must learn to wake themselves
At 4.5 he is totally normal and I would not be worried at all, I would just keep him in night pants until he starts waking up dry. Dry nights are Huggies brand night nappies that are designed for older children and are much more absorbent than a regular nappy. Good luck
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23-02-2014 07:53 #21Senior Member
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23-02-2014 08:25 #22
Just what we did, not sure if it will help:
DS was having a few dry nights here and there but often still wetting through. I decided to tell him at Christmas time (age 3.5) that Santa was taking his nappies away for babies that need them. We made a big deal of it for a few days and on Christmas night bit the bullet and went cold turkey. Since Christmas he has had maybe 2 wee accidents and 3 poo accidents. At the moment we are living at the in-laws until our house is ready and there is no toilet near where we sleep (in an extension) so I think that's pretty good.
When he does have an accident we never make a big deal, we just remind him that if he needs a wee or poo he needs to call out for us.
We use a shower curtain under his sheets which works well if he does have an accident.
So perhaps if there is a special occasion coming up like a birthday or Easter you could say the Easter bunny is taking his pull ups and leaving you special chocolates or something? I don't know why but the association with Santa just seemed to really work for my DS, but then again perhaps he was truly ready anyway.
23-02-2014 09:22 #23
Theres no difference between nappy pants and dry nites pants just that the dry nites come in bigger sizes 4-7yrs and 7-?yrs.
With DD1 i waited patiently for it to happen by itself overnight but it didn't so at 4 we started taking her to the toilet at 10pm before we went to bed, 2am when i was up feeding the baby and then DH would take her at 530 when he got up.
Yes it was a lot of effort, after a couple weeks we dropped the 2am toileting and found she was fine.
Took a couple more months of us taking her late evening and early morning before she started taking herself.
DD2 is almost 3.5 so when she turns 4 we will start doing the same thing and hopefully have success again
23-02-2014 10:26 #24
I thought Nappy Pants were completely different to the dry nites type ones? I've had my girl in nappy pants from 6 months or so (she 's 15months now) purely because she was impossible to get a normal nappy on. I though the dry nites were designed for toilet training inasmuch as they can feel when they've fine a wee and the moisture isn't drawn away so much as normal nappies?
23-02-2014 21:49 #25
Tree Girl theres nappy pants, pull-ups and dry nites.
Nappy pants are just like a nappy same absorbency etc
Pull ups are the ones you refer to as giving them that wet feel for toilet training
Dry nites are for older children who are too big for nappies but still need a night time nappy
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