Understand bedwetting

Bedwetting: what is it?

What is bedwetting?

Does your child still wet the bed? You should know that this is not an illness and your child is perfectly healthy. It is simply a developmental delay in mastering nighttime dryness which is quite common in under 8 year olds. One in ten children are faced with this problem in GCC.

My 3-5 year old child still wets the bed - should I be worried?

Not all children master nighttime dryness at the same age. It's just the same as learning any skill, such as walking or talking. Some children are dry before they know how to walk and talk properly; for others, it's the other way around. Whilst there are ways to urge a child to walk or talk, it is unadvisable, and indeed impossible, to force a child to be dry at night. Be patient, don't interrupt their sleep and don't blame your child. You can, however, set them little 'missions' to achieve, We also suggest the DryNites® Pyjama Pants, designed for over 3 year olds, which they can put on without your help. Finally, bear in mind that 18% of children still wet the bed at the age of 5. This is referred to as'enuresis.

What is nocturnal enuresis?

Nocturnal enuresis is a urinary problem characterised by involuntary urination, occurring intermittently in the sleep of children aged over 5. By this age, a child should be sufficiently mature to be able to control their bladder through the night. It is estimated that over 18% of children aged 5 and over still wet the bed, some every night, others less frequently.

Does nocturnal enuresis affect boys more than girls?

Boys and Girls have a similar occurrence of nocturnal enuresis, however globally It has been observed that boys suffer from nocturnal enuresis 2 to 3 times more often than girls, however no cause has been attributed to this so far. Some specialists think that girls develop bladder maturity before boys.


I had the same problem and I spoke to my son about it. I explained to him exactly what was happening.

- Erica, 37

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