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6 years old boy still bed wetting. OK to wake him up once at night to let him go to the toilet?

My son's 6 years old & he's bed wetting since we started toilet training at the age of nearly 2 year & 6 month. We tried using alarm but it didn't work.

Recently we took him to the doctor and make x-rays & urine analysis & it was ok. He's taking minirin desmopression tab. .2 mg and I want to know if it's ok to wake him up once at night to let him go to the toilet while taking this medication and if this medication is going to take a lot of time maybe months to see good results? Thank you.
In Topics: Physical Health, Bedwetting
> 60 days ago

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Wayne Yankus
May 5, 2009
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What the Expert Says:

Bed wetting or nocturnal enuresis is a common male problem.  It has been studied for over a century and the conclusion is: most children out grow it.  Usually at the time of puberty or sooner.  Sometimes it will stop when a previous generation relative who also had the condition stopped.  In other words, if dad wet the bed until he was seven, this child may stop at the same time.  Alarms sometimes work, but most of the time it is patience. Desmopression can work and yes, he can go use the toilet at night; however, time is the great healer. Good for you for seeing the doctor to rule out other causes.

Wayne Yankus, MD, FAAP
expert panelist: pediatrics

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