Wetting the bed can be annoying and a bit gross, but it’s just a phase – a totally normal one
If you’re between five and ten, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ve woken up in a wet bed before. Don’t worry, it’s very common, and it’s normally a phase. The same goes if you’re a teenager – wetting the bed is nothing to be alarmed about. About 2% of teens wet the bed… even 0.5-2% of all adults still do it!
Bedwetting just means that your brain didn’t get the message that your bladder was full – because you were asleep. There are few reasons why this might happen. Over time, you can train your brain to wake up so you can get to the toilet in time.
There will be times when wetting the bed is inconvenient and embarrassing, like in social situations. Luckily, there are plenty of ways for kids and teens to deal with it.
Will bedwetting go away on its own?
The good news is the majority of children who wet the bed do become dry on their own without the need for any form of intervention.
By age 12, 97% of children have stopped wetting the bed.
In saying this the older your child is the less likely they will be able to achieve nighttime continence without some additional support.
If you are at all concerned about your child’s bedwetting contact you local continence specialist or your GP.