Bed-wetting (nocturnal enuresis) in children

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Find information about how old most children are when they develop good bladder control at night. Also learn about some of the causes of bed-wetting and what you can do to help your child.

Key points

  • Bed-wetting is common in young children.
  • Every child develops bladder control at a different pace.
  • Speak to a doctor if your child suddenly wets the bed after an extended dry period or has difficulty controlling their bladder during the day and night after six years of age.
  • Help your child by reassuring them and offering gentle reminders about bathroom routine.
  • Punishing or humiliating a child will not help them develop better bladder control.
Last updated: October 6th 2014