Leading paediatrician, Dr Mandy Fletcher, helps children of all ages who wet the bed. And she says that now that kids are finding out Harry Potter also wet the bed, a fun fact revealed in the latest Harry Potter book, is very reassuring.
Bed wetting – otherwise known as nocturnal enuresis – becomes a problem when there’s been more than two accidents a week for more than three months in a child that’s five years or older.
“I have quite a few teenage patients, of course the prevalence decreases as age increases, so about 20 per cent of five-year-olds will wet the bed, 10 per cent of 10-year-olds, and about 0.5 to 2 per cent of 15-year-olds,” said Dr Fletcher.
It’s important if parents are worried about their child’s bed wetting to see their GP in the first instance, then they can decide if they need to come and see a paediatrician.
“When we look at bed wetting we are kind of divided up into two groups – those that have always wet the bed are what we call primary bed wetters, and secondary – they’ve been dry for at least six months and now suddenly for some reason they’ve started to wet the bed again,” said Dr Fletcher.
“Obviously in those cases we’re more likely to be find an organic cause or a psychological cause for that.
“It’s important to look at family history because often genetics play a big role surprisingly in bed wetting and there’s usually one parent that had some trouble.”
"There’s usually one parent that had some trouble." Image via iStock.