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Wetting the bed is common in children younger than 5 years. Children this age have not fully gained control of this function. In children 5 and older, bedwetting may be caused by having a small or overactive bladder, constipation, or low amounts of a hormone called ADH. Sometimes, bedwetting is caused by emotional or social problems.
It is important not to blame or punish your child for bedwetting. Most children stop without treatment by the time they are 10 years old. But if bedwetting bothers your child, you may want to try treatment.
Treatments for bedwetting include limiting the amount your child drinks in the evening. Some people find a moisture alarm useful. This alarm buzzes when it senses urine to wake up your child. Medicine to help your child stop wetting the bed may also be used.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: February 10, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
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