Department of Health


It is quite common for young children to wet their beds. For some it's only every so often, while it may happen for others on a regular basis. Nocturnal Enuresis, more commonly known as bed wetting, is when children are unable to control their bladder while sleeping and wet their beds. It is more common for boys to have poor bladder control while asleep than girls and it often runs in the family.

While many children learn to control their bladders without help or treatment, help should be sought from your doctor or other health professional if bed wetting continues after the age of about 7-8 years.

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