Friday, November 12, 2010

AssVice needed

So girlfriends I have questions. These are some child rearing questions that I really need some feedback on as we are at a loss around here.

  1. How do I get Jayden to sleep in his own damn bed? He is driving us crazy, now understand with both are up before the sun during the week so simply letting his cry it out is not gonna work for us. I know we have tried many times. Keep in mind he is 2½ years old and very very stubborn.
  2. Terrell is a very hard sleeper, so much so that frequent accidents are happening at night. He was doing really good for a bit but suddenly we are back to wetting most nights. He is 7½ and I am not keen on putting him back into underjams at night as I felt that when he was in them he knew it so he would just let it flow so to speak. We have tried to wake him at night but again we are all in bed most nights by 9 at the latest.
Help! Between the laundry and the sleepless nights I am lossing it!


Zephra said...

Found This:

Parents should start looking into formal treatment sometime between the ages of 6 and 7, according to the National Enuresis Society or sooner if the child seems troubled by the bed-wetting.

"Older kid are not as likely to outgrow it and these are the kids that deserve specific help -- whether an alarm, medication, or a combination," he says. "With help, most kids will be dry within 12 weeks," he says.

I will never sleep through the night again.

If parents like Terry's find themselves setting their own alarm to wake their children during the night to urinate, they should purchase a bed-wetting alarm. "They really do work," says Shubin. Enuresis alarms sound in response to wetness and can be purchased at drugstores for as little as $60. They have a cure rate of 75%, according to a study published in the journal Pediatric Psychology. And when combined with medication such as desmopressin (DDAVP), which acts on the kidneys to reduce the flow of urine, the urine alarms are even more effective, the study says.

Just don't give up too soon, Greene says. "Many parents say, 'I tried it for a couple of weeks and it didn't work' but enuresis alarms often takes up to 12 weeks to make a difference." Be patient.

Before resorting to an alarm or medication, try using a "star chart," where you give a child a star for every dry night and a prize for a few dry nights in a row. But "if this doesn't work in two weeks, it won't and continuing it may only discourage the child," Greene says.

Behavioral changes too play a role in achieving dryness, he says. Try decreasing the amount that kids drink before bed. "This will make a difference and may just be enough for some kids," Greene says. Limit fluid intake to 2 ounces in the last two hours before bedtime and cut out caffeine, which is a natural diuretic, he says.

"Kids should not be drinking a lot of soda with caffeine anyway, but a lot of them do," Greene says.

Also consider moving bedtime up by 30 minutes, he says. "In some studies, getting just one half of an hour more sleep at night decreases bed-wetting because kids are less tired and don't sleep as soundly and are able to wake up more easily when their bladder gets full."

Anonymous said...

My 2 1/2 year old is still refusing to sleep in a big boy bed, and is still in the crib! You'd think that would make it easier, but it doesn't. He stands up in his crib, turns the light on and yells until I come in there, usually 2-3 times a night. I am so frustrated because up until about a month ago, he was the best sleeper ever. My friends envied the fact that I could put him in bed, still awake, and he'd fall asleep for 12 straight hours. I should have known it was too good to last. So, if you figure it out, please let me know!!!
As for the bedwetting issue, I agree with the previous poster, perhaps a trip to the pediatrician is in order. It could be something as simple as a bladder infection.