My 9 Year Old Still Wets Bed: What Should I Do About It?

When your child is young, it’s common for them to wet the bed, especially during the potty training phase. Even after that, it can still happen on occasion. 

But what if your kid is 9, or in the older child age range. At that age, your child should be old enough not to wet the bed, and yet they’re doing it. What gives? Why is it that my nine year old still wets the bed? It’s more common than you think. Usually, it’s a sign of enuresis. 

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Enuresis 

This is the term for bedwetting, and it focuses on children who are older than 7. This is quite common in children, especially among boys. The only symptom of enuresis is that they are wetting the bed while they are sleeping. It can be occasional or happen frequently, even every night. 

The Cause 

Bedwetting can have a few reasons. Here are some of them. 

  • Your Kid Is A Deep Sleeper 

Usually, when one has to use the bathroom, they will wake up and use it, then go back to sleep. However, some children are deep sleepers, and will instead urinate while sleeping, and even that may not wake them up. 

  • It Runs In The Family

Did you or your partner have bedwetting issues as a kid? Your child could have inherited it. 

  • Stress

That’s right. If your child is stressed, they may wet the bed. If you noticed bedwetting after a stressful event, that might be the culprit. 

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  • Small Bladder 

Some children have small bladders or bladders that are still growing. This can make it harder for them to keep the urine in there without having to use the bathroom. 

  • Other Reasons

Usually, the reason is minor, but there can be more concerning reasons as well, such as:

Slow nervous system development.

Hormone problems. 

UTIs.

Urethral valve abnormalities. 

If you’re unsure of the reason, it is worth it to go to the doctor and diagnose. This especially applies if your child is older and keeps wetting the bed. After visiting the doctor, they will examine your child, test their urine, and look into other factors that could cause it. However, the doctor may not be able to figure out what causes it. In most cases, it’s just genetics, and you can’t prevent it. 

In many cases, doctors can’t find the cause of bedwetting.

Treating Bedwetting

Bedwetting is something your child usually outgrows, even if they are older. However, some do not. Here is what you can do if you want to treat your child’s bedwetting. 

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Don’t Shame Your Kid 

Some parents wonder why their nine-year-old still wets the bed. But the last thing you should do is get angry or make fun of your child for bedwetting. They can’t control it. They’re not doing it to make you angry or as a power play. Ensure your child that this is a normal thing, and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. If you had a bedwetting past, tell them about it. Parents should be encouraged to tell their stories as well. Discourage sibling mockery, too, and make sure they aren’t telling their peers about the bedwetting. Kids can be cruel. 

Instead, use positive reinforcement. When your child has not wet the bed for a day, reward them for their good work. But never put a kid down for something they can’t control.

However, you should teach your child responsibility. Have them help with the laundry or putting on the fresh bedsheets. This can help teach your child to clean up their messes. With that said, please don’t punish them for this and even if your nine-year-old still wets the bed. They will feel worse.

Don’t Drink Too Close To Bed 

Some people can drink a gallon of water and sleep all night, but that’s not everyone. Try limiting fluids before bed and hydrating your child beforehand. 

Let Your Kid Use The Bathroom Before And After Sleeping 

This can help establish a routine and make it easier for your child to go to bed when they need to. 

There Is No Shame In Waking Up To Use The Bathroom 

Also, encourage your child to wake up in the middle of the night and use the bathroom if needed. This is perfectly normal, and your child may feel like they shouldn’t get out of bed. Make sure they realize that it’s okay. Put some nightlights to make the journey easier and so they don’t wake up anyone else. 

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Training The Bladder 

If your child has a small bladder, it is possible to stretch it. Have your child hold in their urine for a while. Don’t torture them, but when they feel a mild sensation, teach them to ignore it unless it gets severe.

Plastic Cover 

When an accident does happen, putting a plastic cover over the mattress can make it easier to clean. Give it a shot and see what it can do for you. 

Moisture Alarm 

Some beds you can equip with a moisture alarm, which can detect when a bed is wet. When your child wets the bed, they will be woken up. This can teach your child to wake up naturally when they do have to use the bathroom. 

Usually, behavior therapy and changing your child’s routine can stop bedwetting in its tracks. But what about the medical side? 

Medicine 

Luckily, there is a medicine that is prescribed to older children who still wet the bed despite the routine change. They may be used in addition to changing routines. Some medicines can make less urine or allow the bladder to keep more in. With that said, make sure that your child is responding well to the medicine. The side effects are usually minor, but every child responds to medicine differently. 

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Conclusion

It’s common for an older child to wet the bed. However, they will almost always grow out of it. Don’t shame a child, and make sure they are getting the treatment they need. Eventually, your child will be able to sleep throughout the night without wetting the bed once, and it’s something that you should celebrate. 

FAQ

 

How can I help my nine-year-old stop wetting the bed?

Having a 9-year-old who still wets his bed may be bothersome to most parents. To help a 9-year-old to stop wetting, doctors suggest shifting times for drinking, which means you can give more fluid at daytime and reduce the intake later in the day. You can also cut the intake of chocolate drinks or cocoa, especially at bedtime.

Is it normal for a ten-year-old to wet the bed?

The bladder control of a child differs from one another. Others may learn to stop bedwetting at the age of 5-7 years old. But for ten years old, it is not normal for them to still wet their beds.

Why would a nine-year-old still wet the bed?

Normally, a 9-year-old has already developed bladder control so as not to wet the bed at night. But if there are cases that a 9-year-old wets his bed, a probable cause is that they are sleeping very deeply.

At what age is bedwetting a problem?

Typically, bedwetting can be learned as your child is growing up. And as soon as the bladder controls developed, bedwetting can be prevented. But if the child reaches five years old and above and still wets his bed every day, this can really be a struggle to the parents or guardians.

Is bedwetting a sign of anxiety?

According to experts, there’s no proven study that links anxiety to bedwetting. Research studies show that bedwetting may be genetic.

Is bedwetting a sign of ADHD?

Yes, children who often wet the bed even at an older age have a probability of having ADHD. According to studies, bedwetting occurs three times more for children with ADHD than those who do not have. Maybe this is because ADHD has a hard time focusing on their bodily functions.

What is bedwetting a sign of?

Bedwetting or sleep enuresis is a sign that your bladder hasn’t been developed yet, or bladder control is not matured enough to control the flow of urine. This is a common occurrence for young children, but this can lessen or eradicated as children grow up.

What does bedwetting mean psychologically?

There may be psychological factors that cause enuresis to older children. According to studies, trauma or family conflicts cause children to wet the bed even at an older age.

What are some home remedies to stop bedwetting?

There is no specific study on how to stop bedwetting. But some suggest making dietary changes like eating walnuts or mustard seeds.

Is bedwetting a sign of autism?

Bedwetting does not necessarily mean that the child is autistic. But it is among the signs to take note when bedwetting is still an issue at three years old.

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