More than 100 000 Australian children will wet the bed tonight.
Bedwetting also call enuresis is the involuntary loss of urine that occurs in children during the night.2
Bedwetting is extremetly common in children under 6 and is considered a natural part of development and most children eventually grow out of it.
Primary enuresis, the medical name for bedwetting, typically starts when kids are toddlers. It is very common among kids who are 6 years old or younger. About 15% of 6-year-olds wet the bed. And about 5% of 10-year-olds wet the bed.
Bedwetting often runs in families: Most kids who wet the bed have a relative that did it, too. If both parents wet the bed when they were young, it''s very likely that their child will as well
The main symptom is involuntary urination, usually at night, that occurs at least twice per month 1.
Children are not considered to suffer from nocturnal enuresis unless they are at least 5 years old and still wet the bed two or more times monthly2.
Anticholinergics, stimulants, sedatives, antispasmodics 4.
Motivational therapy, awakening programs, bladder training exercises, hypnotherapy, diet therapy, physiotherapy 5.
Managing sleep and settling problems are common concerns for the parents of young children. Sleep difficulties affecting children aged 3 to 12 years can perpetuate daytime sleepiness, irritability, overactivity and problems with concentration; affecting school performance and general daytime behaviour.
As well as the child’s sleep being disrupted; parents and other family members often also have their sleep interrupted.
Statistics / Prevalence
• Settling problems are concerns for parents with young children occurring in about 16% of three year olds and about 12% of 8 year olds.
Settling problems include, a child: