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What Can I Do About My 7 Year Old Wetting The Bed?

Like so many other issues related to children, bedwetting has its own developmental time line. It is not uncommon for a 7- year-old to still have trouble staying dry at night. Between 15% and 30% of school age children wet the bed at least once per month.

What causes bedwetting?

Although the causes for bedwetting are varied pediatricians agree the following reasons are most common:

  • Your child is a deep sleeper and does not awaken to the signal of a full bladder.
  • Your child’s body may make too much urine at night.
  • Your child is suffering from a minor illness, is overly tired or is responding to stress and change in his life.
  • There is a history of bedwetting in your family.
  • Your child has an under-developed bladder.

What can you do?

The first step is to take your child to the pediatrician and confirm there is not a medical condition causing bedwetting.

After you have confirmed that your child is otherwise healthy you can try the following:

  • Reassure your child that many children have the same problem and that as he matures the problem will go away.
  • Reduce the amount of liquids your child consumes in the evening and make sure he uses the restroom at bedtime.
  • Try waking him 1-2 hours after he goes to bed to use the toilet.
  • Protect the bed with plastic so his room does not smell of urine.
  • NEVER allow siblings to tease him.
  • Talk with your pediatrician about available medications that may help. These are not usually recommended for children under five.
  • Reward him for dry nights and do not punish him for wet ones.
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