My daughter, aged 8, still wets her bed most nights. She has been on 2 different sets of tablets prescribed by her paeditrician, with no success. She also takes eltroxin 0.05mg for her thyroid. Any chance that the eltroxin has anything to do with the bed wetting? Any advice on how we can put a stop to this - extremely embaressing with friends & cannot have any sleepovers. Please help.
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I unfortunately cannot remember the 1st set of tablets she was on, but it made her extremely thirsty, so then he changed to Tofranil 10mg. I also set the alarm to take her to the toilet at 3am every morning, but most nights either find her already wet at 3am, or else wet when she gets up in the morning.
Hello, Bedwetting is common in school aged kids and typically resolves on its own. I do not generally prescribe medication for a non-medical issue since they can have significant cardiac side effects and they can make the child and parents think there is something "wrong with" them. As long as a urinalysis has been normal to rule out diabetes mellitus, diabetes insipidus, or infection, then I would employ simply no beverages after dinner unless it's very hot and your daughter is thirsty. Do encourage her to empty her bladder fully before bed of course. This will go away, most by age 10 depending on the age of the parent when s/he became completely dry. Good luck!
Thank you for your answer. My daughter does not take any liquid after 5pm - been doing this for months, but still no success. My husband and I were both dry at the age 7. I note that you say can last to age 10 - isn't that a bit extreme? My poor daughter finds it extremely embaressing, especially when friends visit. She will also be going to boarding school next year, which will make it extremely uncomfortable for her if it hasn't stopped by then.
I realize it is embarrassing. It is not a strictly medical issue which is why I do not prescribe medication for my patients. They tend to not work and they can have side effects much worse than bedwetting itself. That is just my style.
Pediatrician, Board-certified in Ped Hematology/Oncology