bedwetting; wetting; enuresis; bed; ;
Most children are toilet trained during the day by about three years of age but many still wet the bed at night until around five.
Night-time bladder control is not something children can learn like they can with day-time toilet training. It usually happens naturally as their body matures.
Children stop wetting the bed at different ages. While a lot of children are dry at night by the time they start school, many children of primary school age still wet the bed at times.
Until the age of ten, about one in every ten children wet the bed.
It is important to not blame or punish them for something they can’t control.
To read more about bedwetting
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