Why does Bed Wetting occur?
Bed Wetting in Children and Infants is not just a traumatic and upsetting thing to cope with for the child, it can also put a strain on the parents and other members of the family.
Up to the age of 5, wetting the bed is normal. It usually stops happening as your child gets older without the need for any treatment. Up to 1 in 5 5-year-olds wet the bed, 1 in 20 10-year-olds wet the bed and about 1 in 50 teenagers wet the bed.
Bedwetting happens when your child makes more urine at night than their bladder can hold, but the feeling of having a full bladder doesn’t wake them up. Children don’t wet the bed on purpose – it happens while they’re sleeping. Most children only learn to stay dry through the night after they’re potty trained and dry most days, give or take the odd accident.
Young children often don’t wake to the feeling of a full bladder like older children do. This is a skill they learn gradually. Bedwetting can run in families, and boys are more likely to wet the bed than girls. The medical name for bedwetting is nocturnal enuresis.
It can be messy and frustrating for both you and your child. Try to deal with bedwetting in a positive and calm way, just as you would with problems you face during the day.