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HomeAnswersPediatricsbedwettingMy 4-year-old son is bedwetting. What to do?

Will bedwetting be fine in a 4 year old when he grows older?

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Published At August 5, 2018
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

My son is 4 years old. I know he is still too young, but when he is not feeling well or he is tired, he gets very deep sleep and he urinates himself- basically, he is bedwetting. Well, I have to admit that I was bedwetting till I was 14 years old, my father also was bedwetting when he was young. I know it is too early to say, but can he have the same problem when I was young and I was bedwetting? My problem was, that time to time I get very deep sleep and I did not respond to signal sent to my brain that my bladder is full. So, I wake up time to time wet.

The second question, I see in him the same thing when I was young and also he is bedwetting when he is not well or very tired, he gets deeply sleep, but when he wakes up he is fine. Last time he gets a little bit higher temperature 38. I did not give him any medicine and let him sleep when he wakes up, he was wet, but the temperature was gone and he was fine. So what do you think? Any advice?

Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

There is no co-relation between bedwetting and temperature. So do not worry about that. Also as regards to bedwetting, make it a point for the child to empty the bladder before going to bed. Also, you can wake up the child in the middle of the night if you find out that he has bed wetted himself so that this develops a behavioral change in the child and eventually will go a long way in stopping bed wetting.

Another technique that can be used is a bedwetting alarm which sounds when the bed becomes wet and wakes the child up. This can also help in reducing the instances of bedwetting. In extreme cases, we use vasopressin to reduce bed wetting. Also, bedwetting beyond the age of 5 years is not acceptable. Hence, follow the above mentioned advise and observe the changes in your child.

Patient's Query

Thank you doctor,

You forgot to tell me about if bedwetting runs in families as I was bedwetting when I was young till I was 14 but at that time the medicine was not that great like today and also my dad was bedwetting too, so is it possible that my son will have the same problem with me and my dad in the past?

Hi,

welcome back to icliniq.com.

Yes, bedwetting does run in families. However, I have mentioned that bedwetting beyond the age of 5 years is not acceptable. To some people, it creates a nuisance and to others, it does not. However, an evaluation for the same is needed before deciding whether to treat or not. In my opinion, if no gross anomalies are found and the symptoms are irritating me I would treat the child.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim
Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Pediatrics

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