Occasional bed-wetting is common, and typically does not have a negative impact on children. But if your child is wetting the bed often, it can cause embarrassment and shame. Your child may avoid social activities such as slumber parties.
The good news is that treatment is available for children who are motivated to stop wetting the bed. Children who overcome bed-wetting often have a much brighter outlook on life than they did before. They develop a greater sense of self-confidence and flourish in other areas of their lives.
Children younger than seven generally lack the desire and maturity to focus on a bed-wetting program. But if your child is at least 6 years old, still wets the bed and wants to do something about it, it may be time to seek help.
The first person to call is your child’s pediatrician. They will provide a complete physical and run some simple tests to rule out problems such as diabetes or a urinary tract infection. If these tests come back normal, the doctor may refer you to a pediatric urology practice, where doctors and nurse practitioners specialize in treating children who have problems with their urinary system.
Families also can self-refer to the Healthy Bladder Clinic at Cincinnati Children’s by simply calling 513-636-4975 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.