"Why do 12 year olds pee the bed?"

June 15, 2011 2:58:10 PM

Why do 12 year olds pee the bed?

JaneFo answers:

There is no one single cause of enuresis in children, but we know that many children still deal with this condition, even into their teens. If medical conditions have been eliminated by your child’s doctor, the most common combination of factors seems to be a smaller than normal bladder capacity coupled with an underdeveloped alarm system that signals the brain when we need to get up to go to the bathroom. Recent research seems to indicate that for many of these children, their bladders “act” smaller at night, allowing for less capacity, than during the day. The good news is that for almost all of these children, their nocturnal enuresis will eventually go away. Patience and management are the keys. This is not something your child is choosing to do and not a failure in your parenting.

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