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My kid is 12 now and he still wets the bed once every few months. I know it’s not that uncommon but in his case, he seems to just sleep so soundly that he doesn’t wake up when the urge arises. Other than cutting down on late night water requests, is there anything I can be doing or should I just hope that the incidents keep getting fewer and farther between?
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By age 12, kids should be dry through the night if they stop all fluids by 6 PM. It is most likely that your son is a very heavy sleeper, but it is time to talk to his Dr about it. There are medications or wetting alarms that can help him.
I am sure that he is starting to be distressed about this problem. Sleepovers must be challenging, and he may be worried about having an accident and embarrassing himself in front of his friends.
I am attaching an article from Genes2teens on this topic to help lead you both to dry nights. https://genes2teens.com/?s=bed+wetting&post_type=post
You should consult a doctor to make sure that there are no underlying medical causes. If doctor prescribes any treatment or therapy, please follow it.
Other than that you can try encouraging your child to stay hydrated throughout the day, it helps in reducing excessive thirst and water intake in the evening.
Sometimes kids are deep sleepers because they are not getting enough sleep. Make Early to bed and early to rise a routine and it might be very helpful in controlling bed wetting.
I have met children who had bed wetting episodes when they were stressed or anxious. Be empathetic, encourage your child to voice their fears and support them in coping with the frustrations. In some cases breathing exercises and muscle relaxation exercises also help the children in coming out of the underlying stress.
Be supportive, be positive and it will resolve.
This must be a difficult situation for both you and your son. Since he is 12 now, it might be best to seek advice from a medical professional to look into any possibly underlying medical issues that might be causing this. Once all of that is ruled out, a specialist continence nurse would be able to provide some sound advice for your situation and can be referred to by your doctor.