When Should I Call a Doctor About my Child Wetting the Bed?

As a parent, you might be concerned by the number of times you have been woken up by your kids only to have them tell you they have wet the bed… again. But there are a few things to note before you contact your doctor.

It is important to note that most children who wet the bed are perfectly healthy. In some cases, your child’s wetting the bed could be a result of urinary incontinence in children. But before you jump to this conclusion, take a look at these facts and helpful tips to know before consulting your doctor.

Here are some of the most common reasons for your child wetting the bed at night:

  1. Small bladder

  2. Inability to recognize they need to go

  3. Stress or anxiety

  4. Family history

  5. Urinary tract infection

  6. A hormonal imbalance

The reasons above are normal for bedwetting in children, and there is likely no need to contact your doctor. Here are some simple steps you can take to try and reduce your child’s bedwetting tendencies:

  1. Limit liquid intake before bedtime

  2. Have your child use the restroom at the beginning of the bedtime routine and again right before getting into bed

  3. Give your child a reward for dry nights

  4. Practice bladder training: train them to hold it longer during the day so they are less likely to wet at night

  5. Use a moisture detector to sound an alarm as the bed gets wet to help your child respond to bladder sensations in the middle of the night

If these common causes do not seem applicable in your situation, take a look at the following warning signs. You may want to call your doctor and consider urinary incontinence in children if:

  1. Your child is 7 years or older and still is wetting the bed

  2. Your child wets the bed 2-3 times a week

  3. Your child is 5 years or older and experiences daytime and nighttime wetting

Though there is no precise reason as to why your child might be wetting the bed at night, though these common reasons and symptoms might be able to help you identify what your child is experiencing and why he/she might be prone to bed wetting.