Frequently asked questions
No. The age group most affected is 5-10 year olds. Enuresis declines progressively beyond this age and only 3% of adolescents are affected. Cases of adult bedwetting are extremely uncommon.
Yes. Studies show that if one of the parents suffered from bedwetting in their childhood, their child has a 44% greater chance of suffering the same problem. If both parents were affected by the problem, this figure rises to 77%. 2 to 3 times more cases of bedwetting are observed in boys than girls.
No, enuresis is not an illness but simply a developmental delay in nighttime dryness. You should be worried however if your child starts to wet the bed again after a period of at least six consecutive months of nighttime dryness. This could suggest early symptoms of an illness such as diabetes, a urinary tract infection or kidney disease. In this situation, you should see a doctor.
If enuresis persists beyond the age of 6, consult a doctor or paediatrician who will be able to advise you. Specify whether your child has a case of primary enuresis (the child has never been dry at night) or secondary enuresis (they have started to wet the bed again after a period of at least six consecutive months of nighttime dryness). At the age of 6, the child should be able to control their bladder and to feel the need to go to the bathroom if necessary
For further information, see our article "When should I consult a healthcare professional?"
No. No tests are necessary if your child's enuresis is only at night and they do not suffer from any urinary problems during the day.
Be discreet and never talk about it to anyone in front of your child. Only a doctor can advise you and find a solution adapted to your personal situation. It is however recommended to inform - with your child's permission - anyone who may be confronted with your child's bedwetting outside of your own home. A teacher, during a school trip, for example, or the parents of a friend where your child will stay the night, the director of a summer camp, etc.
If your child suffers from their bedwetting problem, for instance, it is causing them problems in their relationships with others or with themselves, or they have a tendency to isolate, blame or depreciate themselves, it is advised to see a psychologist, in order to rebuild the child's self-confidence. See our article "When should I consult a healthcare professional?"
Yes. If it was an illness, we could consider it to be, after asthma, one of the most common in children. Nearly 18% of 3-15 year olds wet their bed with some regularity.
Yes. Boys are slightly more prone to bedwetting than girls. To accommodate the difference in needs according to the child's gender, DryNites® offers different ranges of pants for boys and girls.
Never. As enuresis occurs during sleep, the child is not responsible for their bedwetting and does not do it on purpose. Telling them off only puts further blame on the child and knocks their self-confidence. On the contrary, encourage them and teach them to take responsibility for themselves with the daily missions