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There really is no way to prevent bedwetting.
Bedwetting can damage the child's self-image and confidence. The best way to prevent this is to be supportive. Parents should reassure the child that bedwetting is a common problem and that they, the parents, are confident that the child will overcome the problem.
Every year, 15% of school-aged children who wet the bed become dry without specific treatment.
It is difficult to estimate the effectiveness of treatment, but cure rates range from 10%-60% with drugs to 70%-90% with alarms and parent awakening.
John Mersch, MD, FAAP
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