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Sleepwalking and Bedwetting

January 25, 2010 2 min read

My 7 year old son has a Malem Ultimate alarm he's been using for 5 months. We've had success with it in that he has gone from nightly heavy wetting to being dry many nights. Though he has not yet had a full 14 days of his alarm staying silent, he was waking to the alarm, or self-waking and we thought we were well on the road to being done with this issue. The last 2 months however he has completely slid backwards. His alarm has gone off almost every single night. The only other thing I can think of that might be meaningful is the fact that he gets up almost every night without fail and moves from his bed to ours. That usually happens around 1:30 - 2 a.m., and then the alarm goes off around 3 (but on some mornings, it goes off at 6 - and it's usually just those two times, oddly enough.) I wonder if he's waking up because he feels like he needs to go (but is choosing not to because he's tired....)

You have brought up a couple of good points. He may certainly be getting partial messages from his bladder but he isn't quite interpreting them as such. Instead, he's finding his way into your room and not the bathroom. I know that many nights you may not even know that he's coming into your bed. Is there any way that he could be prompted to use the bathroom on his way to your room? One family that I worked with put a baby gate across the door to their room. It was enough to signal their child that he needed to stop and go to the bathroom before he walked in his sleep to his parents' room. This gentle reminder broke his pattern of getting into their bed without first stopping at the bathroom.

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