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Reasons Your Child Might be Wetting the Bed

Children learn to control their bladders at different times, and while they’re refining the process, they may occasionally wet the bed. When a child is old enough to have bladder control but still has problems with wetting, it is called enuresis.

Wetting that happens at night is called nocturnal enuresis. It’s the most common kind of urinary incontinence, affecting five million children age six and older in the United States. It occurs more frequently in boys, who develop bladder control later than girls. There are many reasons for urinary incontinence. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Anxiety
  • Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Caffeine consumption
  • Certain medications
  • Diabetes
  • Genes
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Inability to detect that the bladder is full while sleeping
  • Poor or insufficient toilet training
  • Sleep disorder
  • Small bladder
  • Urinary tract infection (UTI)

Wetting can be frustrating from a parental perspective, but it is critical to be patient and reassuring if your child has challenges with bladder control. Most children outgrow enuresis. Talk to your child’s pediatrician to help determine whether there is an underlying cause and whether treatment is necessary. For more information about enuresis, visit Urinary Incontinence in Children.

If you’re looking for a pediatrician or family doctor, visit Riley at IU Health to locate expert, compassionate care near you.

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