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Teenage bedwetting

Hi I have a 15 year old son and this issue has been going on for years now, the doctor prescribed desmopresin, he seems to go through phases months of being dry then months of every other night wetting the bed. I am now trying an alarm which he doesn’t even wake to 😞😞

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Hi Paula,

Sorry to hear you’re struggling with this. I don’t have any experience of your position (we’re currently trying to get daytime continence under control!).

I just thought I’d ask though, has your son been checked for constipation? I was reading on another website today that it is a very common reason for prolonged bedwetting: bedwettingandaccidents.com/...

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He doesn’t have any issues with that side of things. It’s so hard as you know there is nothing you can do or any treatments to help this. He finds it hard to talk about it, how old is your son/ daughter?

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My son is nearly five so still early days for us.

I was listening to the “Armchair Expert” podcast the other day - the episode with Sarah Silverman. She talked about how she wet the bed until she was 17 (and still occasionally did as young adult). Might be helpful for your son to listen to so he knows he’s not alone in his experience.

I assume sleep apnoea (or enlarged tonsils/adenoids) has also been ruled out?

I hope some other people can chime in with some helpful advice.

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His sleep pattern hasn’t even been looked into, it’s so hard when you have no one to talk to about it

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My daughters 14 and wet most nights until last year when she went on desmopressin. She now has one or two accidents per month, which is much more manageable. We’ve found no easy fix, it’s all about making it as easy as possible. Easy wash protective sheets etc. She’s got a leakproof sleeping bag liner for sleepovers just in case, plus several of the same pyjamas so she can change without anyone noticing. She’s not had a terrible experience so far and I figure that’s the main thing.

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My son has been on desmopressin for years now, we have had months of dry nights then it suddenly creeps back 😞

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Have you had your son's tonsils and adenoids checked out? Sometimes when they are on the large side children do not sleep properly and this causes bed wetting because it is harder for child to reach deep sleep. T

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Think the problem is he’s so much in a deep sleep he doesn’t wake up

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Hi Paula, I’m feeling your stress. I’m in the same boat as you. My son is 12 and he’s had 3 dry nights in his life and that is when I got the alarm but he doesn’t like that & now I can’t find the sensor for the underwear. He’s on the same tablets as your son for years now too. I buy pull ups every week. I really don’t know what to do as my 9 year old only has 2-3 wet nights a month. I don’t let them drink before bed. And I make sure they both go before getting into bed. Some nights I try to wake him at 3am to get up & go. I’m moving to a new Doctor this week so I’m gonna see what she’ll say. My son is going through the changes now so it’s hard to get him to talk. My son also goes into a deep sleep. The joys of motherhood.

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I feel for the kids, my son asked the specialist will this stop he said yes.

We’ve had different doctors and all said the same, the specialist says the same. It’s hard when you know there is no cure, I have an alarm but my son takes the batteries out, he doesn’t even hear the alarm when it goes off.

I just don’t know where to go from here😞

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There’s a web site called “StressNoMore” & I’ve found some helpful things for bedtime on it, I’m due to recivie them today. I’ll let you know more later when I get them. I feel for the boys a lot, my son won’t go on sleepovers only to his dads & my parents as he knows they won’t say anything.

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Thank you, let me know x

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