Bedwetting in Children & Adolescents

Bedwetting in Children & AdolescentsBed-wetting is more common than we think. Statistics indicate that two out of every one hundred children and adolescents wet their bet at night. This is often referred to as nocturnal enuresis. Most adolescents who wet their bed have done so as children. Most children, up to 85% will stop wetting their bed between the ages of three and six. Some children may receive help, but most don’t as bed-wetting is considered to be common with parents expecting their children to give up the habit soon.

Bed-wetting does not necessarily get better with time. In fact, it can become difficult in your child’s everyday life. Adolescents may be embarrassed by this problem and will not be able to engage in day to day activities that most teenagers enjoy doing, for example, like having sleepovers or staying over at someone’s house. This problem can cause a lot of fear in adolescents in particular. If they want to share their bed with a friend, it can be a tricky problem. Also, there is extra washing to do. The good news is that your child can receive help for bed-wetting at our Center. It is a condition that can be cured, and if not immediately where the symptoms can be reduced. What are the causes of bed-wetting?
  • Not being able to wake up and use the toilet at night
  • A bladder that can only hold a small amount of urine
  • The body producing large amount of urine
Can there be other causes of bed-wetting?
  • Infection in the bladder
  • Constipation
  • Drinking too much of water late in the evening
Dr. Shawket Alkhayal is skilled at helping children and adolescents with this condition. The treatment will depend on the child’s age, their specific condition, symptoms and impact on the family. The treatment will work but it can take a while for your child to fully give up wetting the bed. Parents must be willing to make some changes to their child’s lifestyle and supervise the treatment process.