Bed Wetting

Nocturnal Enuresis

Bedwetting also known as Nocturnal Enuresis is when the bladder empties involuntarily during sleep in a child over the age of 5. It happens in approximately 1 in 5 children, and by age 6-7 years 1 in 10 children have night time accidents. It is not caused by laziness or attention seeking behaviour, and is often a complex condition which can cause distress for both the child and the family.

How Common Is Bedwetting?

Bed Wetting Treatment

What causes it?

There are four main causes of bedwetting:

  1. Inability to wake up to a full bladder 
  2. Overactivity of the bladder at night
  3. Increased amount of urine made at night by the kidneys
  4. Constipation

It is NOT caused by:

  • Immaturity
  • Laziness
  • Bad behaviour or being rebellious
  • Drinking after dinner

Learn more about bedwetting myths here

When should we seek help?

The biggest reason to seek help is:

  • If it is bothering your child, making them feel angry or upset
  • If they simply express that they want to become dry at night
  • If your child was dry at night, but then suddenly starts wetting the bed again
  • Most children who are not dry by the age of 7 or 8 should receive treatment as the problem may not resolve by itself.