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    Default UPDATE in #17 Any experience with encopresis or bedwetting?

    Just wondering if anyone has had experience with a child who is a bed wetter or has had encopresis. My oldest ds was potty trained at 2.5 and was dry at night for a year. Then he began wetting the bed, occasionally at first and eventually every night. My dh came across an article that said studies have shown that most kids over six who wet the bed are severely constipated because the large mass of fecal matter impacts and enlarges the colon and presses on the bladder and messes with the nerves so they can't feel the need to pee as well. My ds has often had stomach pain that after he poops he feels better. And he has trouble holding pee as well. I called today and spoke with the nurse at the peds office and she said it could be encopresis because kids with it do still poo because some goes around the mass so they probably still poo every day so you wouldn't think they are really backed up. We have an appt set for next week and will have his bowels X-rayed to see what's going on in there. I was just wondering if anyone has has anything like this with their kids? Did constipation treatment help with bedwetting?
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    I haven't dealt with this with kids, but wondered if you have tried the typical things to deal with constipation? I frequently had stomach aches and inconsistent BMs growing up, and realized in university that if I drastically increased my water consumption that it all went away. I have since had various issues related to constipation and have started putting ground flax seed in my oatmeal in the morning. It's the first thing (prune juice, bran don't seem to work for me) that has really helped in terms of making my stools manageable.

    And honestly, the amount of water I need to drink to get hydrated is WAY MORE than the 8 cups a day that people say. I feel like I usually need about 16-20 cups, specially if I'm already dehydrated. It's really tough to keep track, but if you can keep a water bottle nearby and make a habit of sipping constantly, it really helps.
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    My 8 year old has been potty trained since he was 2, but never at night. We tried and worked at it, but nothing helped. Last year the DR put him on a med and that still hasn't helped. I haven't heard about the constipation issue, but it makes me curious. I hope you are able to find something out to help him.
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    http://www.slate.com/articles/life/f...d_.single.html

    Here is the article my dh found. I figure at this point, its worth a shot before he gets bigger and it really causes a lot of emotional stress at overnighters. And because he is having bouts of stomach pain, I'm guessing it might be very likely to be the culprit.
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    Yes. That's how we knew Isaiah was constipated. He suddenly started wetting the bed at night. And he's having to go every 45 to 90 minutes some nights.

    Also, you may want to have his blood sugar checked. Bed wetting can be an early sign of diabetes, especially if you notice he is drinking a lot and peeing a lot during the day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mommy.nae View Post
    My 8 year old has been potty trained since he was 2, but never at night. We tried and worked at it, but nothing helped. Last year the DR put him on a med and that still hasn't helped. I haven't heard about the constipation issue, but it makes me curious. I hope you are able to find something out to help him.
    We had to use a pee alarm with both Caleb and Patrick. We got them both night time trained within a week.

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    We had to use a pee alarm with both Caleb and Patrick
    Is it loud enough to wake them up? DS #3 is a VERY deep sleeper and I think that is part of his bedwetting issue...he just doesn't wake up. Where do you get teh alarms?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mommy.nae View Post
    Is it loud enough to wake them up? DS #3 is a VERY deep sleeper and I think that is part of his bedwetting issue...he just doesn't wake up. Where do you get teh alarms?
    I borrowed form a friend who trained her 10-year-old and 6-year old with it. You can order them online. It may not wake him up, but it will wake you up, and you will immediately take him to the toilet. It will train him to rouse from sleep whenever he has to pee. You may not get any sleep for a few nights, but it is worth it, IMO.

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    My ds is a very deep sleeper too--but so is my ds2 and he has never wet the bed. I don't think an alarm would wake my ds up---I can't even wake him up when I'm pulling him out of bed!

    I'll let you know what we find at the dr appointment. From what we ahve been reading, if constipation is the issue, you clear up the constipation and kids regain feeling in the nerves in the entire area and bedwetting goes away.
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    My daughter is younger (nearly 5), and she would be an every night bed-wetter. We get her up consistently every night to go to the bathroom, and she is such a sound sleeper that she doesn't even wake up to walk to the bathroom and back. If we don't hold her, she will fall off the toilet!!! We have been doing this for years since she potty trained just before 2, and it hasn't trained her body to wake up to pee. I'm sure a pee alarm would work great for some kids, but she is such a sound sleeper it wouldn't work here! I'd be interested to see what you find out medically, because I always just assumed it was a maturity issue.

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