What is bedwetting and when is it a problem?

Bedwetting is when a child doesn't wake from sleep when they need to pee. Doctors may use its medical name, nocturnal enuresis.

What does bedwetting in children mean?

If a child knows when to use the toilet during the day, but wets at night, it means their brain hasn't linked the need to pee with the need to wake up.

Bedwetting is uncommon in older children. More than half of children have learned to stay dry at night by age 3 years 6 months. If a child still wets the bed at age 5, they and their family may start having social problems and hurtful feelings.

Of 8-year-old children, only 1 in 20 are still bedwetting, and just 1 in 50 at 15 years old.


Bedwetting is uncommon at age 5 and rare in older children and teens

When is bedwetting a problem?

Wetting the bed at age 5 or older can be a problem for a child and their family, partly because children the same age have usually stopped bedwetting.

It helps to start treatment with a bedwetting alarm by age 6 for girls and 7 for boys. Bedwetting gets harder to treat as children get older.

Kids who wet the bed may need help to learn to wake when they need to pee.

What happens when a child stops bedwetting?

Whether it's normal or abnormal at their age, to stop wetting the bed is a great achievement for a toddler, child or adolescent.

Parents notice and studies show children who stop wetting the bed:

How does stopping bedwetting improve family life?

Parents say that when a child stops bedwetting, family life improves too:

  • The child, their parents and siblings sleep better
  • The family saves money on diapers (nappies)
  • Parents feel less stress from guilt, embarrassment and child development worries.

 

Read next: What causes bedwetting?

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"It's now 6 weeks since his first dry night. He is the happiest and proudest kid on earth. I'm still pinching myself that it worked."
- Debbie
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It’s been fantastic

Hello, I have a dri sleeper bedwetting alarm I have been using with my seven year old son for ten weeks now. It’s been fantastic as except for the first two weeks we haven’t had a single wet bed.

Well done - that is a terrific effort!
We have seen a massive improvement

Hi Karen,

We have been following all of the advice in your email for the past five weeks and we have seen a massive improvement. After the second week he was dry for six nights in a row, the following week the alarm went off four times (only once during the night) and his underpants were only wet a small amount. The following week the alarm only went off once and again only his underpants were wet. We are currently in a stretch of six nights dry and hoping for this to continue.

Thank you so much for your assistance, any advice is greatly appreciated.
Kind regards

Natalie

That’s great news. Yes keep using the alarm until he has achieved 14 consecutive dry nights then he can stop using the alarm.
this alarm has already worked after about 2 - 3 weeks usage!

Hello Karen, I can confirm that this alarm has already worked after about 2 - 3 weeks usage! Can’t rate this highly enough and our 6 year old boy has basically gone from being wet every night (without fail) to now getting up on his own accord and going to the toilet in the night and being dry (pull up free!) in the morning! Even held wee in till the morning on a couple of occasions over last week! Incredibly effective product and will obviously be giving 5 stars on Amazon shortly (which says something as very rarely leave product reviews!)

Kind Regards

Richard
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Congratulations Richard! Thanks for the feedback.
Cured!!!! Thank you.

Cured!!!! Thank you. I was dubious as to whether it would really work. It took a while to persuade our 5y/o to try it as she was VERY attached to the night nappies. The first 2 weeks were very hard. Up every night. But I could see some small progress in the second week as she began to wake up. Week 3 a lot better. Week 4 we started having dry nights. We’ve only had one bed wet since she was dry and that was at 9pm and we think due to a bad dream. Now she gets up to go to the toilet or waits till morning. So happy. It was well worth the perseverance and all the extra washing. No more nappies for us! She still won’t give up the alarm yet, but that’s no issue.

Perserverance is the key. Well done Deb!
He is the happiest and proudest kid on earth. I'm still pinching myself.

My 7 year old son has NEVER been dry in his life. Every night he was SATURATED and leaked through pull ups through the bedding.

It was his decision to order his alarm from your website as he was desperate to be dry and 'normal'. We ordered the DRI Sleeper excel.

From the first night he was dry he has NEVER had an accident since. He raced around the house with joy, saying 'my brain has woken up, my brain has woken up!!!!'.

It's now 6 weeks since his first dry night. He is the happiest and proudest kid on earth. I'm still pinching myself that it worked. In reflection I wish I'd gotten the wireless version but it still did a great job.

Words can't express how this has changed our sons life and ours. We have given away all his pull ups and we are all well slept. I can't thank you enough.

Thanks for sharing your story with us. This will be very encouraging for other parents.