Helping my 5 year old to stop wetting himself

by Mike
(New Lenox, Illinois)

Hello one and all, thank you to the creator of this site. I have a 5 year old son, and since I can remember we knew something was not as it should be. As a baby he never slept well unless he was held, and to this day he still has issues sleeping. He has always been extremely energetic, to the point it becomes disruptive, he also seems to not have volume control.

We were told by a family member that is a Dr. of Occupational Therapy that he has some sensory processing issues and may want to get him tested. We took him for an initial test and they said he has ADHD and SPD, and we needed to get him evaluated. So after 7 weeks of scheduling headaches he finally went last week. But we still have to wait 2-3 more weeks before we get his "official" diagnosis back.

I apologize for the backstory, and now on to my original question,my son was potty trained and did well for some time, only having accidents every so often, but for the last few months he pee's himself multiple times a day, every single day, and sits in it until it gets so bad that we can smell it and have to have him change. I ask him if he needs to go to the bathroom throughout the day and sometimes he will go others he says he does not have to go. I ask him why he keeps having accidents and he tells my that he does not feel when it is time to go pee. But other days he will jump up and go to the bathroom on his own. I feel bad for the guy as he is in pre-school and even yesterday due to a lack of a babysitter he had to get dropped off at my work and when he got there he had a visible pee stain on the front of his pants, I asked the person who watched him in the morning if he had gone to the bathroom before they left, and they told me they asked both kids if they had to go and they both said no, but in the 20 minutes it took to get to my work he had an accident.

We are going on a family vacation in 2 days to Disney for a week, is there anything I can do short of asking him every half an hour if he has to go to the bathroom, or putting him in a pull-up until we get his report back from the doctor?

Any help and advice is greatly appreciated and I am sure I will have a lot more questions to post here in the future as well. Thank you.

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