Mayo Clinic: My son is 8 and wets the bed a few times each
week. We have tried a variety of things to help prevent it
from happening, including stopping beverages two hours before
bedtime and using a mattress pad with a bed-wetting alarm.
Should we take him to see a specialist? Donít kids usually
outgrow bed-wetting by this age?
Bed-wetting is common in children your sonís age, especially
boys. Most of those children outgrow bed-wetting without any
medical care by the time they reach adolescence. If heís not
having any other urinary associated problems, such as
accidents during the day or urinary tract infections, itís
not necessary to take your son to see a doctor. If you notice
other medical problems that could be connected to the
bed-wetting, however, then an appointment with your sonís
primary health care provider would be a good idea.
training is a complicated process. The sequence of events that
must happen in both the brain and the bladder, and the
connection between the two, for a childís body to regulate
bladder function effectively during the day and at night can
take several years.
children have no trouble staying dry during the day and yet
have persistent nighttime wetting. Itís not clear why some
children have problems with bladder control at night, while
others do not. But bed-wetting tends to be more common in
children who are heavy sleepers.
nothing a child can or cannot do to prevent bed-wetting, and
you should never punish a child when it happens. The
techniques youíre using to try to curb bed-wetting ó
limiting liquids before bedtime and using a bed-wetting alarm
ó may help and are reasonable steps to take. Just be patient
as you work with your son, and try not to become discouraged
if the problem doesnít stop. It usually takes time. For
example, with a bed-wetting alarm, it often takes at least two
weeks to see any response and up to 12 weeks to enjoy
completely dry nights.
notice any of the following symptoms, contact your sonís
health care provider: unusual straining during urination, a
small or narrow stream of urine, dribbling after urination,
cloudy or pink urine, bloodstains on underpants or
nightclothes, redness or a rash in the genital area, or
daytime as well as nighttime wetting. Also, talk to his health
care provider if your son is having pain or a burning
sensation when he urinates. These symptoms could signal a
urinary tract infection, or a bladder or kidney problem. In
some cases, accidents during the day as well as at night may
be an early sign of diabetes, although that is uncommon.
son hides wet underwear or bedding to conceal wetting, or if
he seems particularly stressed about it, talk to his health
care provider about ways you may be able to help your son feel
less anxious about bed-wetting.
prescription medication may be used to control bed-wetting.
Medications are available that can slow nighttime urine
production, calm the bladder or change a childís sleeping
and waking pattern. These medications do not cure bed-wetting.
When a child stops taking them, the bed-wetting typically
mind that most children eventually outgrown bed-wetting.
Often, all that is needed is time, support, understanding and