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Bedwetting (cont.)

Prevention

There really is no way to prevent bedwetting.

Outlook

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.

  • Although 15%-20% of 5-year-olds wet their beds, only 7% of 8-year-olds wet the bed.
  • It is estimated that 1% of adults wet their bed regularly.

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.

  • Nearly all bedwetting problems can be cured with single or combination therapy.
  • Some people do, however, need to have long-term drug therapy.
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