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Frequently Asked Questions

Does bedwetting decrease with age?

Yes. Nearly all one-year-olds wet the bed. By age 5, this drops to around 20% and by age 10 it is about 5%. By puberty, this rate is about 1%. It is important to understand that with time, most children will overcome bedwetting.

Does my child need further testing?

In most cases, there is no need for x-rays, or other imaging or urodynamic studies. Your urologist or primary care doctor will decide what tests, if any, are needed after speaking with you and examining your child.

Conditions that may need more testing include:

  • Combined daytime and nighttime wetting
  • UTI
  • Constipation and/or bowel accidents
  • Difficulties with urinary stream and flow
  • Recent neurological injury or disease
  • Physical findings that suggest an underlying neurological condition. (For example, hair tufts at the base of the spine with spina bifida occulta, or shaking, and blurred eyesight with multiple sclerosis.)

Will using absorbent pants and other diaper-like products delay my child's control?

The use of absorbent pants does not prevent or delay toileting and continence control. These products can help reduce stress for children and parents. They can help reduce wet clothing and bedding at night, and prevent embarrassment.

Questions to Ask Your Health Care Provider:

  • What is causing my child to wet the bed?
  • When should this problem be addressed? 
  • Will he or she outgrow wetting the bed? When? 
  • Are there other tests my child can take to see if his/her bedwetting is because of a hormone problem or infection?
  • What treatments are available, and which do you recommend?
  • How long will treatment take? 
  • What are the pros and cons for each treatment option? 
  • What do I have to do to help my child be successful? 
  • Should my child follow any food or drink restrictions?