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Ask the Expert: Your bedwetting questions answered!
April 6, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Thank you so much to our expert for answering our questions! We are no longer taking questions, but be sure to read through all the answers.

Does your child wet the bed? Does your son or daughter still have daytime accidents? Whether your kid isa regular bedwetter, or just has occasional accidents, we're sure you're eager to learn how to stop it!

We're excited to announce that Renee Mercer will be joining us to answer all your bedwetting questions!

Renee is a pediatric nurse practitioner who specializes in treating children with bedwetting problems. She is author of "Seven Steps to Nighttime Dryness: A Practical Guide for Parents of Children with Bedwetting" and owner and founder of Bedwetting Store.

Renee will be in the group from April 9 to 20 to answer your questions.

Post your questions now in the replies below!


  • aetrom
    by aetrom
    April 6, 2012 at 4:51 PM
    My youngest (3) seems to be wanting to night train. He wakes up halfway through the night crying after he wets (or cries once he wets himself I do not know) - around 2? Then cries and wants his pull up off and sleeps the rest of the night and pees again around 8am. I am getting tired of taking the pull up off and would love to move him to the next step. What is your suggestion for doing that?
  • cueballsmom
    April 8, 2012 at 2:51 PM
    Here's mine. I have a family history of late bedwetters (my bro is 21 and I have suspicion). My dds are 8 & 6. Occasionally they still wet the bed. No doctor I've talked to has offered anything other than "they'll out grow it ". Any thing I can try to help them stop?
  • swmmra
    by swmmra
    April 8, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    I know that I am not a specialist by anyway, but I was still wetting the bed at 12. My mom took me to a urilogist (sp) and they gave us a sensor to sew into my underwear, and a buzzer to sew into the shoulder of my sleep shirts. When the sensor got wet, the buzzer would go off and wake me up. It worked really well at teaching me to understand when I was asleep and needed to go. I used it for a while and have had no problems since. 

  • Barabell
    April 8, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    This is great! I wish I had a resource like this when my son was being potty-trained. Fortunately, bed wetting hasn't been an issue in years.

  • cathte
    by cathte
    April 9, 2012 at 7:29 AM
    I was wondering do those " alarms" for bed setters really work? My DS is 9. He wets sheet and top comforter nightly. Is the any way to at least curb the wetting and protect the comforter?
    I am afraid when we go to Disney, he is going to wet the comforter daily!!!
  • jmommy
    by jmommy
    April 9, 2012 at 1:12 PM
    My son is 9 and wets the bed every night. I've tried the alarm, waking him up to use the bathroom, and limiting his drinks. We've seen 2 urologists and at the moment he's on medicine for that. I don't really see much of an improvement either.
  • mrgetinold
    April 9, 2012 at 6:44 PM
    I have a almost 12 yr old his sheets are wet less ( but is still in a pull up at nights is wet most nights) we limit his drinks after 7, and makes sure he goes before bed, we have tried the potty pager alarm he felt uncomfortable and woke everyone in the house up when he needed a change, his dr said we could try meds for this which kinda scared me, so we are on the wait and see if he grows out of it,and if his sheets are wet i just wash and not make a big deal over it, how common is this for a 12 yr old to have? And do u have any advice for me to help my son thank u
  • MommyFreed
    April 9, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    My daughter is 2 and she is potty trained for daytime ...although she still has accidents because she waits to long and then freaks out running to the potty and leaks a little along the way. At night Ive tried letting her be with out a pull-up, but she doesnt wake up when she pees at all. Is there a way to get her to stay dry at night?

  • tommyjsgirl
    April 9, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    My son is almost 7 and has had maybe 2 dry nights his entire life.  He's a very, very deep sleeper, and both my uncles wet the bed for years and years...so I'm not terribly worried for the most part.  However, during the day sometimes, he has accidents or it seems like some trickles out?  We homeschool so he's home all the time.  He has every opportunity to use the bathroom, but sometimes I think he just waits unti he can't wait anymore.  And then other days he's peeing like crazy. I just don't know if his brain and urinary tract are in communication that much, if that sounds possible.  I've tried getting him to go, even if he says he doesn't feel like it and he ends up going.  Is this normal?

  • Aug-mom
    by Aug-mom
    April 9, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    my dd is 4. will be 5 in august. has no problem during the day but still once in awhile at night. i have her in pull ups again. she is a very sound sleeper. i thinks that the problem, she cant wake up enuf to get out of bed. any suggestions

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