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Almost all children who wet the bed do not do so intentionally. Most likely, several factors are involved when a child older than age 5 continues to wet the bed. Possible causes of primary nocturnal enuresis include:
Some of these factors may be inherited. A child is at increased risk for wetting the bed if one or both parents has a history of bed-wetting as a child.
Most cases of primary nocturnal enuresis are not caused by any medical condition. But secondary nocturnal enuresis, which is bed-wetting that occurs after a period of staying dry, is more likely to be related to a medical condition. Examples of physical causes include a kidney or bladder infection (urinary tract infection) or birth defects that affect the urinary tract. Emotional stress, such as may result from the birth of a brother or sister, can also be a factor in triggering bed-wetting.
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