At what point should you consider getting medical advice about a bedwetting problem?

The older a child is who is suffering with bedwetting, the more of a toll it will take on their emotional health. Embarrassment, stress and anxiety can develop.

This means bedwetting becomes not just a physical problem, but a psychological one as well.

It can result in a child or teen excluding themselves from social activities, and overnight trips like camps and sleepovers at friend’s houses will often be avoided completely.

Making a decision to speak to a doctor about bedwetting, especially once your child reaches 9, 10 and above, is a serious consideration.

At this point your child might be spending considerable time thinking about his or her bedwetting issue.

Having to explain to their friends why they won’t be attending a school camp or a sleepover is exceptionally difficult and distressing at this age. No child is going to say, “it’s because I’m scared of wetting the bed”.

Although bedwetting can often be solved through the consistent use of a bedwetting or enuresis alarm, if a child is feeling discouraged about progress then consulting medical help can feel like a positive step forward to resolving a distressing bedwetting problem.

As a parent, we can easily feel overwhelmed and unsure how to stop our child wetting the bed.

Seeing your child become so distressed, and often retreat into their shell as social activities become more limited, is unpleasant and can impact on the entire family.

Children don’t want to feel different, and sadly bedwetting does make a child feel like an outsider – even if there’s a good chance some of their friends are going through the exact same problem without anyone else knowing.

Withdrawn and nervous children can see school performance suffer as well. Your child’s teacher may wonder what’s going on, but without being informed (and rarely will we want to put our child through the indignity of letting a teacher know) teachers can easily draw the wrong conclusion about your child’s behavior at school.

Seeing help and advice from your doctor – whether it be psychological assistance and encouragement to start or continue with a bedwetting alarm and associated program, or to undergo and physical exams to determine if there may be an underlying health factor, is not a sign of weakness or failure.

It is a step forward towards resolution of an upsetting bedwetting problem.


The above is for informational purposes only. does not provide medical advice – speak to your doctor for professional advice and recommendations.