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Name: actnow25
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Our 4 year old son is Autistic and we got him potty trained a few months ago. HOORRAYYY!!!!! However, he still wets the bed at night. As a stay at home mom I am tired of washing sheets and blankets every day. I say we should put him in pull-ups at night. Husband disagrees and says he will just regress and begin to wet his pants again. Who is right? What should we do?
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Name: Edwardliu | Date: Dec 22nd, 2012 12:12 PM
If you did the potty trained successfully. Let him do wee-wee before he went to his bed. After three hours, try to wee-wee him again. Then he will be OK for the whole night. 

Name: James Malan | Date: Dec 28th, 2012 3:15 PM
My son went through a similar phase, It was tiring washing everyday but we worked through it. Pull ups definitely led to regression and made it last longer. We used a mattress cover and made sure we had two sets of everything ready to go. It wasn't that he didn't know to go but he hadn't yet associated the bladder pressure with waking up. We cut down on liquids before bed, always had him go before sleep and woke up every 2-3 hours to take him. When we got it down to a science it took like 6 weeks. 

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Name: filipedefreitas | Date: Feb 8th, 2013 8:00 AM
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Name: Gilly11 | Date: Feb 10th, 2013 12:36 PM
Make the choice and put him in pull ups. My 4 yr old normal grand daughter wets the bed. Is your child on sleeping meds? Does he wake up through the night, if so take him to the restroom then. Potty training and night time are totally different. You are there through the day to remind him, at night, 8 hours is a long time. If you have too, put the pull up on him after he goes to sleep. I also would put a small cloth diaper inside the front of his underwear.

If you don't go the pull up, What I do it with my foster kids, is I put 3 sets of sheets on my child's bed. In between each set of sheets, I put a moisture barrier (like the infant crib type) between each sheet. This way when they wet the bed, you can pull off the top sheet and barrier, and ready to put your child back down after you put dry clothes on him. I wish you luck, but I don't think there is a big problem. His bladder just has to learn to increase in size, and hold more for longer. He is still very young. 

Name: lisasala | Date: May 25th, 2013 3:42 AM
My son is 12 yrs old and was fully trained for several years and then regressed. We did the pull ups then stopped and hoped that would work - he wold be wet and wouldnt like it but it didnt happen. We went to see a Urologist just to make sure everything was fine and they said that if he is only wetting at night then he is medically fine. he saw a psychologist who said that the brain and the bladder are not connected and sending a message to say wake up and go to the toilet. They suggested buying a urine alarm that attached to his underwear and would sound when he started to pee. The goal of the alarm is to train his brain to recognize when he has to pee and wake up before he has an accident.
We stuck with the alarm for 5 months and noticeed some improvement and stopped using it. I did start waking him up at night and that worked - only seldom he had accidents.
Meanwhile we have been dealing with a GI issue that can cause bed wetting, His colon was completetly impacted and once that was dealt with his wetting has significantly decreases (only once in 2 weeks) so far.
The website is www.bedwettingstore,com
Good luck 

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