Reasons Why Your Child Might Be Bedwetting

Bedwetting is a lot more common than you would think. Studies have shown 10-15% of children will bed wet up until the age of six.

Bedwetting is not only inconvenient for you but can be embarrassing and uncomfortable for your little one too.

It is important to not scold them for it, they can’t control it and are probably more upset about it than you are.

But, it is mutually beneficial to try to find the cause of the bedwetting at an attempt to help stop it happening. Try not to worry, it is not a sign that toilet training has failed but it is very common for it to be a developmental stage for a child.

Here are 5 reasons your child may be bedwetting:

Life changes.

If your child has been dry for a significant amount of time and suddenly starts to wet the bed it could be because of a recent change in their lives. This can be anything from a house move to the welcoming of a new sibling. Something you think is insignificant can be very significant in the mind of a child.

Sleep pattern.

If your child is a deep sleeper they are more likely to wet the bed. Ironically if your little one is easily disturbed they are also more likely to wet their bed.


Bedwetting can also be caused by a medical issue. A Urinary Tract Infection or sometimes constipation can cause bedwetting.


Often if your little one is a bed wetter, someone in the family was also a bed wetter. It could be a grandparent, an aunt or an uncle or of course a parent.

Bladder maturity.

Quite simply, your bladder and your brain gradually learn to communicate with each other during sleep, and in some cases, this takes longer to happen. This can cause a little one to experience bedwetting later than usual.


Laura Doyle

Mum of four, Gentle parent living on coffee and trying always to stay positive and motivate in the midst of the madness.

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