How to Prevent Bedwetting: Useful Statistics and Facts
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Many parents expect their kids to night time train shortly after they are day time trained but for many kids this just isn’t the case and is an unrealistic expectation. So here are some bedwetting statistics so you can know what to expect and why some children may take longer.
Night time training is the last step in potty training
In order to be able to wake up, the bladder sends a signal to the brain to wake up. These hormones mature at different rates in different kids.
Bedwetting is extremely common for kids 6 and under.
Broken down by age, these are the percentage of kids who wet the bed:
- At age 5 15-20% of kids are still wetting the bed regularly
- By age 6 its 14-17%
- By age 10 5% of kids are still having frequent bedwetting episodes
- By age 15 it’s down to 1% of kids
Bedwetting for ages 6 and under only needs addressed if the child is feeling really bad about it. Absolutely no shame should be coming down from parents, siblings or other family members. So if you have a 6 year-old who is concerned about a friend finding out and really wants to work on it, then great.
Many pediatricians do not start to get concerned until kids are as old as 8. But check with yours if you are concerned or want to try to get things moving along. Time is the best treatment in most cases.
If you want to start moving things along though you can do the following:
- Stop all drinking after 6PM
- No water cups in the room at night
- Take your child to the potty when you go to bed. It’s best if this is 2 hours or more after she initially falls asleep.
- For kids over 6 or 7, parents can try a wet alarm, like the Wet-Stop which attaches to the pullup (or underwear) and beeps (VERY loudly) when it gets wet, rousing the child (and parent!) from sleep. These take about 12 weeks to work and have a 75% effectiveness rate, according to a study published in Pediatrics magazine.