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What Increases Your Risk
Children who develop at a slower rate than other children during the first 3 years of life have an increased likelihood of wetting the bed. Boys tend to develop more slowly, so they are more likely than girls to wet the bed.
A child may inherit the tendency to wet the bed.
When To Call a Doctor
Call your doctor if:
If your child wets the bed but has no other symptoms, and you have tried home treatment without success, the doctor can recommend other methods of treatment.
Watchful waiting is appropriate if bed-wetting is not affecting a child's performance in school or relationships with family and friends. Most children develop complete bladder control even without treatment. Home treatment may be all that is needed to help the child learn bladder control.
Watchful waiting may not be appropriate if bed-wetting starts after a child has had bladder control for a period of time. Look for possible stresses that might be causing the bed-wetting. Bed-wetting may stop when your child's stress is relieved or managed. If it does not, your child should see a doctor. For more information, see:
Who To See
The following health professionals can evaluate and treat bed-wetting:
The following specialist(s) may be required if your child has medical or emotional conditions:
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
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