Bed-wetting is a natural part of growing up and can continue longer than you may expect. This is not necessarily a problem, but it is important to consider the facts. 1 in 5 children continue to wet the bed after the age of 5 and the ‘wait and see’ approach has only a 14% chance of working each year.

One third of parents take their child to the doctor at the age of 5 if they continue to wet the bed and this can be a good move. Bed-wetting can continue into adulthood and most 19 year-old bedwetters will have very severe problems and are likely to wet the bed 7 times a week.


Bed-wetting at any age will have farther-reaching effects than a higher laundry cost because it can affect self-esteem in the child. GP Dr Simon Young said that the key is to realise why they are wetting the bed. Causes can include deep sleep, bladder instability, or a hormonal imbalance that causes too much urine to be produced.

You should never blame your child for bed-wetting because it is a medical condition and isn’t done to be naughty. Instead you should explain that it is a common problem and consult a doctor to find a solution.