Why do I sometimes wet my bed at night?

Bed-wetting is fairly common and is often just a developmental (age-related) stage. Twenty percent of five-year-olds and 10 percent of six-year-olds wet the bed, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. And it’s twice as common in boys as it is in girls. Although there are many reasons for wetting the bed at night, doctors say it is often because these children have a difficult time waking up from their deep nighttime sleep. Some children have a small bladder that is more easily overfilled. Since bedwetting is physical, the child has no control over it when it is happening. However, there are things that you can do to help limit bed-wetting accidents, such as not drinking liquids after dinnertime and using the bathroom right before you go to bed. The majority of children grow out of bed-wetting naturally.


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