Bedwetting – a common problem in children

Hi Bloggermoms and fellow readers. I am back after a long time to discuss another common problem found in children…Bedwetting

Bedwetting (as per technical term / meaning) is involuntary urination while asleep after the age at which bladder control would normally be anticipated. The medical name for Bedwetting is Nocturnal Enuresis.

Bedwetting is the most common paediatric-health issue. Developmental delay causes most bedwetting, frequently associated with a family history of the condition.

Only a small percentage (5% to 10%) of bedwetting cases are caused by specific medical situations.

Frequency of bedwetting (epidemiology):

Most girls can stay dry at night by age six and most boys stay dry by age seven.

Males are more likely to wet the bed than females. Males make up 60% of bedwetters overall and make up more than 90% of those who wet nightly.


Approximate bedwetting rates are:

  • Age 5: 20%
  • Age 6: 10 to 15%
  • Age 7: 7%
  • Age 10: 5%
  • Age 15: 1-2%
  • Age 18-64: 0.5%-1%

 The condition is divided into 2 types:

  1. Primary Nocturnal Enuresis (PNE)
  2. Secondary Nocturnal Enuresis (SNE)

There can be several causes of bedwetting starting from Neurological-developmental delay, Genetics problem and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) to name a few.

I’ll discuss on the types and causes in my next post….

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  1. Khushi

    Thanks, Malini for bringing up an important topic.

  2. Anonymous

    HI. I had this experience with my brother. He had this problem till a long time. Meditation and no stress helps.

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