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Bedwetting treatments: Waiting and outgrowing the problem

Dr. D. Preston Smith
Author Dr. D. Preston Smith
Submitted 09-10-2007

The Potty Trainer

Once you are convinced there is not an underlying medical problem causing the bedwetting then with time the bedwetting should stop. Since most children outgrow bedwetting, you can simply wait and be patient for your child to stop wetting.


You should be prepared to take care of wet sheets and pajamas for an extended period of time. It may take several months or several years. Both the parents and the child must feel comfortable with the decision to do nothing. Oversized pull-ups can be used but may cause your child to feel like a baby if used routinely for a long period of time.


If the bedwetting continues past 6-7 years of age, you will need to address some of the social issues that may arise because your child wets. Sleepovers and childhood camps may become an issue for you and your child. If at anytime you or your child thinks the bedwetting is becoming a problem, then you should probably change your course of action and pursue a “real” treatment.


– Dr. D. Preston Smith


Dr. Smith is board certified and he has authored or co-authored many articles, papers, chapters, and books in Urology and Pediatric Urology. His research has been presented throughout the world. Dr. Smith’s dedication to helping children with urologic problems inspired him to establish PottyMD.