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									How To Handle Bedwetting

All the parenting handbooks tell you that most children start to stay dry through the night at about age
three. Ask any pediatrician and he’ll tell you that about that time, he suddenly starts hearing questions
from worried parents about their children still wetting the bed at night. According to most pediatricians,
though, it’s not unusual for children to wet the bed long past that age. If your child is still wetting the
bed at five, should you be worried? How about at eight? What if it’s only once in a while? Here are
some facts to help you decide if you should worry about your child’s bedwetting.

Fact: About 15% of children consistently wet the bed after the age of three.

Three sounds like the magic number, especially if your child is completely potty-trained during the day.
All children develop at different rates, though, and it's not unusual for a child to still occasionally wet
the bed as late as age seven or eight. About 15% of six year olds wet the bed. About 5% of ten year olds
still wet the bed.

Fact: Bedwetting tends to run in families.

Chances are that if you or your spouse was a bedwetter, at least one of your children will be later to
develop night-time bladder control. In addition, if your child is an especially sound sleeper, they may
have trouble waking to their body's signals.

Fact: Bedwetting is more common in boys than in girls.

No one is quite sure why, though we do know that girls often reach physical milestones sooner than

Fact: Even without treatment, even the most persistent bedwetting stops at puberty.

It's very rare that a child continues to wet the bed past puberty, even with no special treatment or

Fact: Most bedwetters do NOT have emotional problems.

Or at least... bedwetting is not often caused by emotional problems. Making your child ashamed of his
inability to stay dry at night could cause problems, though.

When SHOULD you worry about bedwetting?

If your child has been dry at night for some time – several months or longer – and begins wetting the
bed regularly again, look for anything upsetting his routine. A move to a new home, a change of teacher
at school, or something that has upset him may be triggering the bedwetting problems. Don't, however,
rule out the possibility of a physical cause. If your child suddenly starts wetting the bed again, your first
step should be to check for a urinary tract infection – especially in a girl.

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