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Enuresis, or bedwetting, is a condition where a child involuntarily urinates while sleeping at an age when this would not normally happen. In most cases, bedwetting usually stops between the ages of five and six years.
No. If a child has always wet the bed, and has never gone more than six months with dry sleep, the cause is most likely related to deep sleep. Other reasons may be a small bladder or increased production of urine during the night.
Yes. If one parent wet the bed, the child’s chance of bedwetting is 25%. If both parents were bedwetters as children, their child’s risk is approximately 65%. Scientists have discovered a gene for enuresis.
Not necessarily. The most important question to ask when considering whether to treat the bedwetting is: Is the bedwetting a problem for the child?
Yes. At age five years, 15% of all children wet the bed. Even without any intervention, this number declines to 2% by age 15 years.
This information should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your physician. There may be variations in treatment that your physician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.
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