Bedwetting Facts


If your child is currently going through a bedwetting stage, you’ve most likely been searching high and low for information about how to manage and move on from this often trying time. Sometimes it’s difficult to locate the bare facts amongst all the lengthy scientific studies and bedwetting myths out there – it can also be extremely time consuming.

Arming yourself with as many bedwetting facts as possible will help you and your child understand this very common phase and work through it together.

Check out the bedwetting fact sheet below to get started.

  1. The medical term for bedwetting is nocturnal enuresis
  2. There are two types of bedwetting; primary nocturnal enuresis and secondary nocturnal enuresis
  3. A child who has always wet the bed is going through primary nocturnal enuresis
  4. A child who was dry at night for a period of more than six months but then starts wetting the bed again is experiencing secondary nocturnal enuresis


Bedwetting Facts
  1. Primary nocturnal enuresis is the most common type of bedwetting
  2. The majority of children stop wetting the bed by the time they start school, however, up to 15% of five year old children wet the bed
  3. Up to 10% of seven year olds and 5% of ten year olds experience bedwetting
  4. By age 12, 97% of children have stopped wetting the bed
  5. Most children will naturally grow out of the bedwetting phase; it is rarely due to a medical condition
  6. Age is the best cure with 15% of children per year stopping bedwetting without treatment


  1. Bedwetting is nobody’s fault and isn’t a result of laziness or poor toilet training
  2. Bedwetting is often inherited. If both parents wet the bed as children, it is highly likely that their children will too
  3. Bedwetting is twice as common in boys than girls
  4. Anti-diuretic hormone regulates urine control during sleep. Children who wet the bed are often under-producing this hormone, causing the bladder to become full during the night
  5. In the case of secondary nocturnal enuresis, emotional stress can be a trigger for bedwetting
  6. Bedwetting causes vary –there is no single reason why children wet the bed

Now that you have the facts straight, you may want to check out the most common bedwetting myths!


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