Bed-wetting is involuntary urination while asleep.

Most kids are fully toilet trained by age 4, but there's really no target date for developing complete bladder control. By age 5, bed-wetting remains a problem for only about 15 percent of children. Between 8 and 11 years of age, fewer than 5 percent of youngsters are still wetting the bed.

When to see a doctor

Most children outgrow bed-wetting on their own — but some need a little help. In other cases, bed-wetting may be a sign of an underlying condition that needs medical attention.

Consult your child's doctor if:

  • Your child still wets the bed after age 6 or 7
  • Your child starts to wet the bed after a period of being dry at night
  • The bed-wetting is accompanied by painful urination, unusual thirst, pink urine or snoring
Oct. 12, 2011

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