Bed-wetting 1

Monday, January 26, 2015

Bed-wetting is an issue that millions of families face every night. Many children wet the bed until they are 5 years of age or even older. Dr. Edward Hill takes a look at this condition in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Bed-wetting is fairly common among children, and is often just a stage in their development. It is more common in boys than girls. Many children grow out of it without treatment.

Bed-wetting is not a mental or behavioral problem. It doesnt happen because the child is too lazy to get out of bed to go to the bathroom. Children should not be punished for bed-wetting. There are many medical conditions that can cause bed-wetting, although the cause is not always obvious.

Children learn to control their bladder at different ages. Most children do not wet the bed after age five.

Although most children who wet the bed are healthy, your doctor can find out if the bed-wetting is caused by a medical problem.

Your doctor may give your child medicine if he or she is seven years or older, and if behavioral therapy has not worked. Medicines arent a cure for bed-wetting, but may stop it while your child grows and develops to a point where it no longer happens.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.