Bedwetting (also called nocturnal enuresis) is a very common childhood problem. The number of children with this problem varies by age. For example, at five years of age, an average of 16% of children will have a bedwetting accident. By 15 years of age and older, 1-2 % continue to wet the bed. For most children, this will improve or resolve without any treatment as they get older.
What can cause bedwetting?
Bedwetting may be related to one or more of the following:
- The child’s bladder holds a smaller than normal amount
- Genetics (parents who had nocturnal enuresis as a child are more likely to have children with the same concern)
- Diminished levels of vasopressin (a hormone that reduces urine production at night)
- The mechanism for the bladder and brain to talk to each other is “off line”
- Underlying medical/emotional concerns (i.e. diabetes, urinary tract infection, ADHD, etc)
When does a child achieve dryness at night?
Typically, children will learn to stay dry during the daytime first, then they will achieve night time dryness. This whole process generally can take up age 4-5.
When is bedwetting a concern?
Typically, when ...