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Bedwetting

Most children begin to stay dry at night around three years of age. When a child has a problem with bedwetting (enuresis) after that age, parents may become concerned. Physicians stress that enuresis is not a disease, but a symptom, and a fairly common one. Occasional accidents may occur, particularly when the child is ill. Here are some facts about bedwetting:

Approximately 15 percent of children wet the bed after the age of three

  1. Many more boys than girls wet their beds
  2. Bedwetting runs in families
  3. Usually bedwetting stops by puberty
  4. Most bed-wetters do not have emotional problems
  5. Some believe bed wetting may to related to stress

Rarely, persistent bedwetting beyond the age of three or four may be due to a kidney or bladder problem. Bedwetting may sometimes be related to a sleep disorder. In most cases, it is due to the development of the child's bladder control being slower than normal. Bedwetting may also be the result of the child's tensions and emotions that require attention.

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