While many parents understand when their child wets the bed at age 4, bed-wetting at age 14 can come as a surprise. Referred to as nocturnal enuresis, bedwetting is actually more common in teenagers than you might think. Studies estimate that about 4 percent of boys and 2 percent of girls wet the bed during adolescence.
My worry aside, the worst part about this is seeing just how ashamed and embarrassed my son is. The last thing he wants is for anyone to find out about this, including a doctor. Like if a kid is embarrassed to go or he goes to a school that might have weird restrictions on using the bathroom.
About two out of every one hundred teenagers and young adults wet the bed at night. This is called nocturnal enuresis. It can be a problem for both young men and women.
Dear Doctor, My daughter is 14 years old and she still wets the bed from time to time. Is there something wrong with her bladder? What can you recommend to stop this? Bedwetting or nocturnal enuresis in a year-old child is indeed worrisome.
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View image. Enuresis bed-wetting is the term used for the involuntary passage of urine during sleep. Most teens with enuresis have inherited a small bladder, which cannot hold all the urine produced during a night.
The medical name for not being able to control your pee is enuresis pronounced: en-yuh-REE-sis. Sometimes enuresis is also called involuntary urination. Nocturnal enuresis is involuntary urination that happens at night while sleeping, after the age when a person should be able to control his or her bladder.
Bed-wetting — also called nighttime incontinence or nocturnal enuresis — is involuntary urination while asleep after the age at which staying dry at night can be reasonably expected. Soggy sheets and pajamas — and an embarrassed child — are a familiar scene in many homes. But don't despair.
One in 50 teenagers still wet the bed and almost half of 19 year-olds who have a problem are wetting the bed every night, according to research published in the May issue of the urology journal BJUI International. Professor Chung K Yeung from the Chinese University of Hong Kong teamed up with colleagues from the Prince of Wales Hospital to analyse the results of more than 16, questionnaires surveying children aged from five to He hopes that his findings will reassure parents of children with mild bed wetting problems, but stress the importance of seeking advice in severe cases, which can often be caused by underlying medical problems and continue into adulthood.
Patrina Ha Yuen Caldwell does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. This article is part of our series looking at health conditions in children. Bed-wetting is surprisingly common in older children and young adults. Lack of public awareness and stigma associated with bed-wetting means few seek professional help despite successful treatments being available.