Q: Is this a concern you are often asked about?
A: Yes, especially if bedwetting continues after the age of 5 to 6 years.
Q: It is fairly common in kids up to a certain age. At what age should a parent be concerned?
A: Bedwetting is fairly common. Most children are toilet trained between the ages of about 2 to 4. Some children even after this age have trouble staying dry at night, even though during the day they are fine. About 20 percent of 5-year-olds, 10 percent of 7-year-olds and 5 percent of 10-year-olds still will have bedwetting episodes.
Q: When should parents seek medical advice?
A: Any signs of burning, pain or difficulty urinating; fever, blood in the urine, trouble with constipation, any neurological signs (trouble walking, for example), daytime and nighttime accidents after the age of 3 plus.
Q: What is your advice in general?
A: Usually there is a family history of bedtime wetting. Most children who wet the bed are deep sleepers, and their bladder and brain are not communicating well at this point. Make sure if your child is constipated that it is corrected. Decrease the amount of fluid given after dinner. Wake up the child before you go to bed, so he or she can try and use the toilet. Be patient. Look for any new stressors. If you notice any of above signs, call to schedule an appointment with your child’s doctor.