Bedwetting and back-to-school time

When do children outgrow bedwetting?

Most children will outgrow bedwetting on their own over time.

  • At 5 years of age, 15% wet the bed; at age 8, the number drops to 6% to 8% of children. Even without treatment, only about 2% of children still wet their bed by age 15.

Bedwetting can add extra challenges during the school year – challenges that go beyond damp sheets. Bedwetting can affect your child's emotional and social well-being and school performance. It can also cause considerable stress for parents.

Here's how bedwetting may affect your child's school experience:

Emotional issues: Bedwetting can take a toll on your child's self-esteem and overall mental health. Children may feel anxious or embarrassed about their bedwetting. They may also feel as though they are helpless to deal with the problem. This leads to high levels of stress for children.

Social issues: Bedwetting can also damage your child's social life. Your child may be afraid that people at school will find out about their bedwetting. As a result, they may become less sociable and more withdrawn. For example, they may avoid school trips or sleepovers because of fears that they will wet the bed. If peers find out about the bedwetting, your child may be teased or bullied.

School performance issues: In addition to its social and emotional effects, bedwetting can have a negative effect on your child's school performance. For example, your child may have difficulty concentrating in school because of lack of sleep due to frequent nighttime awakenings or fears that their bedwetting will be discovered by peers.

These social, emotional, and school performance issues may occur year-round, but they can be particularly difficult during back-to-school time, when your child is adjusting to the demands and stresses of a new school year.

Bedwetting can make back-to-school time harder for parents as well. It can be stressful to settle back into the morning rush of getting ready for school. And when your child wakes up in a wet bed, it means you'll need to change the sheets, do extra laundry, and bathe your child, which adds up to more morning stress for you and your family! Worrying about how bedwetting affects your child's school experience can also be stressful for parents.

But you're not alone! Many families are affected by bedwetting, and effective treatments are available. If your child wets the bed, talk to your child's doctor about having the problem evaluated and treated. Treatment can help improve your child's self-esteem and may help relieve some of the stress caused by bedwetting. This can translate into a better school experience for children and less stress for parents.

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