Friday, January 14, 2011

Help Wanted

Usually, I tell you all stories about the girls and what's going on in our household.  Today I was hoping to get a bit of advice from those of you out there who may have gone through a similar situation, either with your kids or when you were a kid.  Here it is.


Lana has been potty trained for a year now.  However, at night she is not.  She wears a pull-up every night and every morning it is soaked.  We have never had a night where she's woken up dry.  On more than one occasion she has asked to wear "unders" to bed and not her pull up.  I usually allow this and then I always end up changing her and the sheets in the middle of the night. This is always a fun fifteen minute exercise at two in the morning.  The problem is, she doesn't even wake up when she pees the bed.  I only know she's peed, because I check on her in the middle of the night, and if there is no pull up then she is laying in wet, cold sheets and pajamas.  I've been letting it go, figuring she'll just grow out of it and eventually she'll learn to hold it at night.  She managed to figure it out for nap time a few months back.  Every once in a while she still wets the bed at nap time, but not on a regular basis.  I always make her pee right before bed, and I've tried not giving her a drink for at least an hour before, but neither of those things seems to make a difference.  On the one hand, I'd still be willing to just let this go and try to let her work it out for herself.  She's not yet four, so this is not that unheard of, I've been told.  However, the situation has recently become a bit more complicated since Georgia has potty trained.  


Georgia has been successfully potty trained for about two weeks now, which is so awesome.  Life without diapers is so sweet.  I still put a pull up on her for naps and at night, but for the past week she has kept those completely dry.  This is fantastic for her, not so fantastic for Lana.   Now her little sister is just about to give up wearing pull ups to bed after JUST learning to potty train, when she has been out of diapers for much longer, but still needs the nighttime help.  So what the hell do I do??  I don't want to leave GG in a pull up at night if she doesn't need it, but I don't want Lana feeling bad for still wearing one.  Plus I know when she realizes that Georgia is not wearing a pull up at night, she is going to want to do the same thing.


That leads me to you, Internet friends!  How on earth do you get a kid to stop peeing the bed at night?  Especially if they don't even wake up when they do go?  Anyone out there have any advice in this area, OTHER than withhold drinks and pee before bed?  Again, I'm not even sure it's something I should even push at this point, I'm just worried that it's going to cause some issues soon, so I just want to have a game plan in place.  If you have something that worked for you or someone else let me know.  Leave it in the comments section.  


Ah the Internet!  The place to get solicited mom advice at the push of a button.  Well, and the writing of a blog.  I will keep you updated on what happens!

5 comments:

Crosby Mama said...

I had a friend as a child who wore pull ups at night till she was in the 4th grade, no one said a word.. she eventually grew out of it. Then again I have a friend that her daughter had the same problem and she talked to the Dr about it and it turned out her daughter had Diabetes, so i guess my first question is have you talked to a Dr about it??

Kristi said...

That is my next go to. Last year after she was potty trained at her 3 year checkup the Dr said she can't control what she does at night right now, so not to worry about it. She turns 4 in two months so I figured if it was still a problem I'd talk to him then about it and see what he says.

Tim Taylor said...

Kris, while I would definately talk to the Dr about it when you can, keep in mind that your Uncle Stan had the same problem till he was about 10 or so. It is not that unusual, and it is in our family.....

Dad

MamaHen Em said...

So it's my first time reading your blog (stumbled on it from Dooce) but thought I'd offer my take :) My son is nine and still would wet the bed at night. Apparently this runs in our family until about age ten. He has REFUSED a pull up since his little sister potty trained at age two. Our solution is to take him to the bathroom sometime between 11pm and 2 am, depending on what time we go to bed and/or wake up in the night. He always goes and he always goes right back to sleep. Also, our dr. said sugar can be a bladder stimulator, so no sugar after 2pm. Good luck!

The Ramsay's said...

I am also a new reader who found you through dooce,.. so hi. And I actually had this problem growing up. I wet the bed every night, pretty much until I was 8 or 9,. My mom took me to the doctor and it actually had to do something with my kidneys.(nothing scary I promise) The solution. Cranberry juice. Pure 100% juice during the day and for some reason I was able to sleep through the night with out having an accident. I have no idea the logic behind it but I know that it worked. I hope you find something that works for your little girl.