Bed Wetting In Children: Why Does It Happen, Tips To Stop

Bedwetting is a common issue in children, know causes when this is not normal and tips to manage it.

Puru Bansal
Written by: Puru BansalPublished at: Mar 28, 2022Updated at: Mar 28, 2022
Bed Wetting In Children: Why Does It Happen, Tips To Stop

Children are sensitive and vulnerable to many health problems. We know that toddlers and children below the age of 5 years usually have a habit of wetting their bed. This is prominent in some children whereas it happens less in some other ones. Bladder control during the night can be hard for children because of excess water intake and lower bladder control. Wetting the bed can be quite uncomfortable situation for the children as well, it hampers their sleep and causes irritable nature in children. However, bed wetting can also be caused because of some underlying health issues that could be problematic. Here are some causes and tips to manage this condition.  

Bed Wetting Habit in Children 

Wetting your bed can be extremely discomfortable and irritable weather be it children of adults. For adults it can be even more embarrassing, the condition of bed wetting is called nocturnal enuresis. We spoke to Dr. Usha Gulati, Senior Pediatrician from Fatima Hospital, Lucknow to understand the condition of bed wetting in children. She said that it is perfectly normal for kids to wet their bed and experience this issue.  


In majority of cases, bedwetting is because of poor bladder control in children, for which treatment is also not needed. It happens in the developmental stage. However, it can be problematic when it is caused because of other health complications in children. 

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Causes of Bed Wetting in Children 

Apart from small bladder size, there could be physical as well as psychological reasons for this ass well. Here are some causes of children that have bedwetting issues apart from developmental concerns- 

  • Stress, fear or insecurity 
  • Enlargement of prostate gland 
  • Constipation 
  • Due to neurological disorders such as being post-stroke 
  • Urinary tract infections 
  • Due to small bladder size 
  • Sleep apnea or abnormal pauses in the breathing during sleep

In some cases, hormonal imbalance also leads to bed wetting issues in the children. Each individual as antidiuretic hormone that tells your body to slow down the production of urine overnight. The reduced amount of urine in the bladder is able to hold the urine, when it’s not then it causes nocturnal enuresis.  

Another cause of bed wetting in some children is diabetes. Diabetes do not occur in children usually, but if it does it could be very problematic. Because of having diabetes, the glucose is not able to get processed and it goes straight away in the urine, this increases the size of the bladder very quickly and results to large urine levels. Increase in production of urine in children that may lead to bed wetting. 


Risk Factors of Bedwetting in Children

According to Pediatrician, gender and genetics play a major factor for developing excess urination and bed wetting in childhood. This is gender neutral problem and can happen to boys and girls at the same level. This usually ranges from age of 3 to 5 years. Children whose parents have had similar issues are more likely to have this issue. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder can also cause this problem in children. 

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Tips to Manage Bed Wetting in Children 

  1. Try not to give too much liquid diet to the children before they go to sleep 
  2. Regulate the diet of children and make them eat food that can be digested easily. 
  3. If the urination and bed-wetting is increasing, then go for checkups to know underlying cause 
  4. Check the bowel movements of the child to understand if or not they have problem of constipation. 
  5. Make them urinate before going to the bed to reduce the effect of urination in kids. 
  6. Take your children to health checkups on the regular basis 
  7. If there is some traumatic situation that has happened in front of the children, try to get therapeutic medicines for help according to doctor prescription.  
  8. Try to avoid situations that impact the brain and mind of the children, that may make them think about negative thoughts while sleeping.

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