Our son (about 7 years old) has a massive problem with bed wetting. He doesn't wake up at night, if he needs to pee.
What we do:
- meal time normally ends 6:30 PM, he goes to bed between 1 and 1.5 hours later
(no snacks after that and it practically not the case that he gets thursty again and then drinks something after the end of this meal time)
- he goes to the toilet directly after the meal and then a last time directly before going to bed (between 7:30 and 8:00 PM normally)
- he puts the diaper on directly before going to bed (to avoid that it is already used for convenience instead of using the toilet)
- He still wears a diaper in bed
- We wake him once in the middle of the night (between midnight and 2 o'clock), send him to the toilet and change the diaper!
Still there are some days where even the second diaper is not enough and clothes and bedclothes get wet!
I heard that the food he eats in the evening might influence how much urine is produced during the night and that sweet food could stimulate production of urine while salty food could decrease it.
Where can I find more information about those biological relations?
- yes, I'm sure he puts the diapers on correctly, it's just that he really often produces a lot of urine during the night!
- the specialised doctor advised us to try to increase the amount of drinking during daytime and decrease drinking during the evening meal, which is difficult.
- I know that there is just a certain small percentage of children at this age (or older) with that problem (for the medical explanation see my older question: Bed gets wet nearly each night although diaper is worn). So that's "OK" for us, but we only try to find a practical solution which does avoid changing and washing bed clothes nearly on a daily basis, which takes a lot of time and effort.
(Water usage and the cost for sure is an environmental and economical problem, but in this case not our concern.)