Bed wetting – Children and Youth

Child and youth bedwetting: it's common, and help is available.

While many children learn to control their bladders without treatment, help is available from your health practitioner if bed wetting continues after the age of about 7-8 years.

In a class of thirty at age seven there will be about two children that wet the bed at least twice a week.

In the first year of secondary school about one student in 60 regularly wets the bed.

The causes are usually a mix of three things

  • The body making large amounts of urine throughout the night
  • A bladder that can only hold a small amount of urine overnight; and
  • Not being able to fully wake from sleep

The problem of bedwetting can be upsetting for the child, stressful on families and can have a negative effect on a child's social life.

Further information

Further information is available from

Bedwetting information and resources are available on line from the Continence Foundation of Australia - bedwetting

National Continence Helpline on 1800 330 066

General Continence information and resources are available on line from the Continence Foundation of Australia

Treatment

Treatment is available for children over the age of 7 through the Health Directorate.

Treatment firstly involves an individual assessment to determine contributing factors. Common treatment options include:

  • Bladder training to improve how the bladder stores and empties urine
  • Use of an alarm that goes off when the bed becomes wet

If you would like assessment and treatment of bed-wetting issues by a health professional, please contact Community Health Intake on (02) 6207 9977 between 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 3:30pm Wednesdays (excluding public holidays).