When will my child outgrow bedwetting?

Good news! Your child will eventually outgrow bedwetting. This will happen on its own, without any treatment. The problem is that it can take a very long time, and no one can tell you how long this will continue for your child.

What exactly is nocturnal enuresis (bedwetting)?

Nocturnal enuresis (bedwetting) as defined by the Canadian Paediatric Society is when a child older than five wets his/her bed more than twice a week.

Up to age five, bedwetting is very common. As many as 20% of five-year-olds still wet their beds.

In this age group, children will outgrow bedwetting at a fast pace. Most of these younger children are not particularly concerned about their bedwetting and treatment is usually not recommended.

From age six, maturation or “outgrowing” can often take a very long time.

Much fewer children, only about 15%, will outgrow the condition each year. The risk that a seven-year-old bedwetter will still be a bedwetter at age 12 is almost 50%. Five years is a very long time for a school-aged child to live with bedwetting. Some children will unfortunately continue to wet their beds for an even longer time. About 1% of 20-year-olds still wet their beds.

Bedwetting is more common in boys. However, girls who still wet their beds after age 7-8 tend to outgrow the condition a bit slower. In the teens, the difference is not as large.

It can be very reassuring for a child to know that he or she is not suffering alone.

An eight-year-old bedwetter has roughly 1-2 peers in his/her school class who are also bedwetters. This is a very common problem that affects millions of children.

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