Bed-wetting is common in young children. Children grow
and develop at different rates, and bladder control is achieved at an
individual pace. Usually, daytime bladder control occurs before nighttime
Children may wet the bed several times during the night,
and they may not wake up after wetting.
Primary nocturnal enuresis-bed-wetting that continues past the age that most children have
nighttime bladder control-will usually stop over time without treatment.
- Every year, about 15 out of 100 affected
children who don't get treated will become dry on their own.1
- Most children with primary nocturnal enuresis
will stop wetting by the time they are 10 years old.2
Sometimes bed-wetting is related to emotional stress.
Bed-wetting usually stops when the stress is relieved or managed. Bed-wetting
in older children, especially girls, is more likely to occur with signs of
stress and be more difficult to treat.
But bed-wetting can be upsetting. It is more often a cause of emotional
stress than a result of it, especially in children older than 6. Explaining
that gaining complete bladder control is a normal part of growing up may help
reassure your child.
For some children and their parents,
bed-wetting is not a significant issue and is more of a minor annoyance than
But the emotional responses to bed-wetting can
impact the relationship with your child. If you or your child is having
difficulty with handling bed-wetting, you may wish to investigate treatment
medical condition is causing the bed-wetting, treating
the condition may stop the wetting.
Treatment often does not
completely stop bed-wetting, but it may decrease how often it occurs. Although
bed-wetting may return when treatment is stopped, repeating or combining
treatments may have longer-lasting results.
Some children who wet
the bed also experience
accidental daytime wetting. When wetting occurs during
both the day and night, usually the factors related to the daytime wetting are
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