Bedwetting can be both an embarrassing and frustrating problem. It is fairly common in childhood, especially in children under the age of five years. Normally the problem resolves itself, however for some it can continue on into their teens as well as into their adult life.
With children bedwetting can happen for a wide variety of reasons, and with children under the age of five it is not really considered to be a problem at all. There are a variety of reasons a child may wet the bed including an under developed bladder, the inability to recognise a full bladder, or stress relating to an underlying emotional problem. It can also be hereditary, if both parents of a child wet the bed then there is an 80% chance that their child will too. Children suffering from ADHD are also prone to bedwetting. It is rare that there is a serious medical condition causing the problem. However children should always be seen by a doctor to rule out any underlying medical cause.
Bedwetting in adults is much more common than is thought. It can be an ongoing continuous problem from childhood, an over-active bladder, or be caused by stress and anxiety. A temporary bedwetting problem could be due to a urinary tract infection.
Bedwetting can be a major cause of embarrassment, especially for adults. Due to this it can have a detrimental effect on the person’s life, as well as with their personal relationships.