If your child wets the bed, he or she is not alone.
In fact, did you know that there are about 5 million children over the age of six in the United States who wet the bed?
Although bed-wetting is rarely caused by a serious medical disorder and often resolves itself, for these 5 million children, it's a condition that can create anxiety, embarrassment, and shame.
These feelings are heightened when the child is invited to a sleepover — that familiar childhood rite of passage.
There seems to be a combination of several factors that lead to bed-wetting: an increased production of urine during the night, a small bladder capacity, poor arousal from sleep, and constipation.
The AAP advises a few things to keep in mind. First, bed-wetting is common, and children should not be punished for it. Second, parents should always remember that bed-wetting is a medical problem — it happens because a child's brain and bladder are not communicating with each other at night.
Dr. David Hill helps guide you through some tried-and-true methods to help your child stay dry at night.