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Bed-wetting in children

Bed-wetting is common, and it affects many teenagers and adults as well as children. This section is about bed-wetting in children:

What is normal


What you can do

What your doctor can do

If you are older than 13, or an adult, and still wet the bed, see bed-wetting in teenagers and adults.


Dr Phil Hammond looks at the frustrations of bed-wetting, with a little help from ‘Henry’, in his informative and entertaining guide on bed-wetting (click on the video below).

Written by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Edited by: Dr Margaret Stearn
Last updated: Thursday, May 17th 2012


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Posted by Carol on 15/06/2017 at 11:27

Bedwetting runs in both families and 2 of ours do it. A girl age 7 and a boy age 9. After trying different things and medical tests finding nothing conclusive we tried pullups. While they worked some of the time they failed as much of the time as they worked. Having been a cloth diapering mom and having read articles that say bedwetters wearing diapers sleep as well as non bedwetting kids I decided to go back to cloth diapers. My husband and I sat down with the kids and talked to them about diaper wearing. We answered their questions matter of factly and addressed their fears of not wanting to be found out. From there we moved on to the diapers. Finding diaper covers in their sizes at that time there just weren't any real good ones so I settled for the old fashioned plastic pants. We started night diapers during a school vacation so everybody would have time to get used to them. After some odd sleeping nights they became comfortable wearing them and noticed that there were no more waking up with wet pj's and bedclothes and they started getting the good restful nights sleep that they both needed.

Posted by Anonymous on 28/02/2016 at 05:45

most of the time when i wet the bet it comes unexpectedly....ill eather have a dream about using the bathroom, or drink something late at night and wet the bed,and sometimes when i drink something late at night i dont wet the bed,and when i do wet the bed i dont feel anything at all,when im sleep i dont wake up,i am desperst for help i am 11 and still weting the bed,it is really imberrasing, can you please tell me what to do?????!!!

Posted by Bedwetting on 06/01/2012 at 10:34

my baby girls bedwetts please help me because its difficult for her to go for hoildays without me,because i have to wake her up to sit her on her potty

Posted by x on 30/03/2011 at 09:28

My child wets the bed, she comes from an average family who dont have bed wetting problems, I am worried could you please help, thankyou

Posted by Optional on 06/09/2010 at 01:38

My daughter is 5 yrs old. She wet the bed every night. If i take her to wash room two time during night, then its ok or else she does it on bed only. Please suggest any remedy. Is there any problem with her, do i need to see a doctor.


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Fascinating facts

Babies pass urine in the womb

Newborn babies may urinate 18 times a day

In Victorian times, children who wet the bed were allowed only plain and boring food. It was thought that cakes and pastries made bed-wetting more likely by causing irritating urine. (Of course, this is not the case.)

In an average class of thirty 10-year olds, there will be two who wet the bed

Bed-wetting affects 5-7 million children in the USA and 500,000 children in the UK

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