Bedwetting: What Can You Do?
posted by Orem Family Medicine | August 17, 2017
Also known as nocturnal enuresis, bedwetting is an event that occurs in most children during potty-training years—it’s estimated that about seven million children in the United States alone wet the bed on a regular basis. Before age 7, bedwetting is considered normal and a result of immaturity.
At a certain point, however, bedwetting may be an indicator of a more serious underlying medical condition.
There are two forms of bedwetting in children:
There are no definite known causes of bedwetting, but there are several factors that may play a role, which you should pay close attention to if they’re present:
In most cases, children outgrow bedwetting on their own. In other cases, treatments such as moisture alarms or medications might be used when more conservative methods fail. Commonly prescribed conservative behavioral methods for treating bedwetting include:
For many parents, making basic changes around the home can have a real effect on preventing bedwetting. These changes might include:
If your child is dealing with regular bedwetting issues that might be part of an underlying condition, your doctor can offer further recommendations for treatment and prevention.
“Bed-wetting.” The Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/bed-wetting/basics/definition/con-20015089
“Bedwetting.” National Sleep Foundation. https://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-disorders-problems/bedwetting-and-sleep
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.