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.
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Primary nocturnal enuresis—bed-wetting that continues past the age that most children have
nighttime bladder control—will usually stop over time without treatment. If a
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 reduce how often it occurs. Although
bed-wetting may return when treatment is stopped, repeating or combining
treatments may have longer-lasting results.
Sometimes bed-wetting is related to emotional stress.
Bed-wetting usually stops when the stress is relieved or managed.
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 find out about treatment
Some children who wet
the bed also experience
accidental daytime wetting. When wetting occurs during
both the day and night, usually the things related to the daytime wetting are
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October 24, 2012
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