It is important for parents to know that bed wetting or nocturnal enuresis in children before the age of five is actually the final stage of potty training. Many parents celebrate when their little one has kicked the diapers during the day-as they should be!! But it is very important to keep in mind that not staying dry through the night up until age five is normal and common.
After the age of five, nocturnal enuresis has moved from the normal stages of potty training, to a behavior that has the possibility of continuing even into the teen years, which is most common in boys. Bed wetting after the age of five plagues 10% of our population of children in the United States. That translates to between 5 and 7 million children trying to deal with this frustrating and often times embarrassing behavior, particularly as the child gets older. This is not only a frustrating time for child, but parents experience the same level of frustration. That feeling of helplessness and empathy with your child is also COMMON. It is at this point, that the first and most important step for a parent is to talk openly with their child letting them know how common this behavior is and that there is nothing wrong with them.
The National Sleep Foundation and Children's Hospital of Boston report that 13-20% of children age five experience bed wetting or nocturnal enuresis. !0% of children over age 7 and still 5% over age ten and into their teen years. The stigma that follows a child who in their pre-teen years with a bed wetting problem is huge. The fun activities that come when you are at typically age 9 and up are sleepovers at friends homes, overnight summer camps and scouting overnight adventures. For a child with a bed wetting issue, these normal and very enjoyable activites become