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How bed wetting can affect your health?


When a child urinates uncontrollably while sleeping, it is called nocturnal enuresis. Also known as bedwetting.

Most children can control their bladder day and night by the age of four. About 10% of children aged 6 or 7 have “accidents” day or night and still cannot stay dry.

Bedwetting is common in more than 5 million children in the United States. Bedwetting is slightly more common in boys than in girls. This problem can be frustrating for children, parents, and health care providers.

There are two types of bedwetting. The two types of testing, care, and treatment are very similar.

  1. Primary bedwetting
  2. Secondary bedwetting

Risk factors

Wetting the bed can affect anyone, but it’s twice as much for boys as for girls. Several factors are associated with an increased risk of bedwetting, including:

  • Stress and anxiety. Stressful events such as becoming an older sibling, starting a new school, or sleeping away from home can cause your bed to get wet.
  • Family history. If one or both parents of the child immerse the child in the bed, the child is also more likely to be bedwetting.
  • Attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Bedwetting is common in children with ADHD.

Symptoms of Bedwetting

Most children are fully toilet trained by age 5, but there is no target date for developing full bladder control. Between the ages of 5 and 7, bedwetting remains a problem for some children. Even after the age of seven, a small number of children still wet the bed.


Bedwetting caused by a medical illness requires more treatment than adapting to lifestyle. Drugs can treat various conditions that are a symptom of bedwetting. For example:

  • Antibiotics can eliminate ITU.
  • Anticholinergic medications can relieve an inflamed bladder.
  • Desmopressin acetate raises ADH levels and delays nocturnal urine production.

Medication that blocks dihydrotestosterone (DHT) can reduce prostate inflammation.

It is also important to manage chronic illnesses such as diabetes and sleep apnea. Bedwetting related to the underlying medical problem can be fixed with proper management.

Generally, bed-wetting is an umbrella term for a variety of symptoms,” says Shireen Hashmat, MD, pediatric nephrologist with Chicago Medicine and Comer Children’s. Read more about it on Chicagoparent.com

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