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Bedwetting in children
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Does your child still wet the bed?

If your child still wets the bed it is important for you to consider three questions:
  • Was your child ever dry at night over a period of longer than a couple of weeks?
  • Is your child bedwetting again after being dry for several months?
  • Are there problems with urinating during daytime too: wetting of pants, frequent urge to urinate, further dripping after having been on the toilet?
If there are no problems during daytime, it is quite normal for a child to occasionally wet the bed at night until the age of 6 years in girls and 7 years in boys. Just comfort your child, don't shame them. However, if it were to happen while on a holiday with friends for example, it may cause the child a major emotional problem. To avoid this you should see a doctor. The doctor can prescribe a short course of a medication that will reduce urine production during the night.

If your child is usually always dry at night and has no problems during daytime, bedwetting then may be due to stress (perhaps after the arrival of a new sibling.) You should always see a doctor to rule out a bladder infection and other, rarer, conditions.

If there are problems with urinating during the daytime too you should see a doctor for further assessment.

Consult your doctor if:
  • your child's bedwetting could embarrass them when staying away from home
  • you think your child may be stressed or may have a urinary infection
  • your child has daytime urinating problems too.
If the doctor finds no medical reasons for the urinary incontinence, bedwetting alarms and/or acupuncture might be an option.

At Elsbeth's Doctors our paediatrician offers a thorough assessment with urine testing, urination diary and ultrasound.