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Bedwetting or nocturnal enuresis is involuntary urination during sleep.

Bedwetting or enuresis can be a major problem for children and is the most common childhood urologic problem. Bedwetting is found more commonly in boys than in girls. Bedwetting is never done on purpose or due to laziness on the child's part.


There are two types of bedwetting-

  • Primary enuresis- Primary bedwetting refers to bedwetting that has been ongoing since childhood without a break. A child with primary enuresis has never been dry at night for a significant length of time.
  • Secondary enuresis- Secondary enuresis is bedwetting that re-starts after the child has been dry at night for at least six months.

During the first two to three years of life, bedwetting at night is normal and expected. At 5 years of age, around 1 in 6 children still wet the bed. This means that in a school class of thirty, there will be five who wet the bed regularly. Bedwetting is often a natural part of development, and children usually grow out of it. It can be related to toilet training that occurred too early or was too demanding on the child.

Majority of children learn bladder control between the ages of 2-4 years. By the age of 10, only one in 15 still wet the bed. Even in adulthood 1 in 100 still suffer from the problem.

An American study found prevalence of bedwetting of 6.21% in boys compared with 2.51% in girls. There is also a strong genetic aspect to bedwetting, as a large British study found a significantly higher likelihood of bedwetting if a parent was a bedwetter.

Enuresis is often hereditary and a child is more likely to encounter the problem if both parents wet the bed when they were young.

Most often, bedwetting is not a sign of any medical or emotional issues. It is often due to a maturational delay in the development of bladder muscles and the ability of the bladder to withstand the pressure of a large urine volume. Only 5-10% of bedwetting cases are due to underlying medical conditions. However, if bed-wetting continues beyond the age of 6-7 years, it is necessary to consult a doctor.

Bedwetting can be very stressful for families. Children can feel embarrassed and guilty about wetting the bed and anxious about spending a night at some other place. Some parents may be very critical putting too much pressure on the child. Parents may also feel helpless, but providing emotional support and reassurance can help your child feel better until the problem resolves.

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praveensan Monday, July 20, 2009

My daughter is 7+ years old and once in awhile she has the problem of bed wetting. May I request you to suggest me the way out.

nmartin@shazaaam Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Many bedwetters are misdiagnosed with ADD/ADHD. Symptoms of a bedwetter’s deep sleep disorder, such as the inability to stay focused or to concentrate, are almost identical to those of ADD/ADHD. For 32 years, the Enuresis Treatment Center has successfully treated thousands of people from around the world by correcting an unhealthy deep sleep pattern. One this pattern is corrected, the bedwetting is permanently resolved, and the ADD/ADHD symptoms often abate. The Enuresis Treatment Center has put together an informative guide to understanding and treating bedwetting. This free bedwetting guide is available to download at

guest Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Continue and gradually reduce the dosage on doctors advice. Never discontinue the tablets on your own without doctors advice

guest Sunday, April 8, 2007

i am 19 yrs old having bed wetting problem right from birth last year i consulted a general physician and told my problem.he gave me a tablet antidep 50mg every night.after using this tablet for past 8 months my bedwetting is only few days a month.can i continue this tablet.after stop using this tablet after few months will the habit stop completely please reply me.

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