For years, many explanations have been given to explain why bedwetting occurs. Little reliable research and consistent data is currently available to support any single cause for bedwetting. There are several common theories that are still considered to be potential causes. But most likely there are several factors that cause a child to wet at night, and each child may have slightly different causes for their bedwetting. Since each child is different, and there may be several reasons for the bedwetting, it may be hard to pin
down an explanation and treatment plan that is best for every child.
The more common theories include:
- Too much urine production at night = not enough antidiuretic hormone (ADH)
- Anxiety and emotional stressors
- Family history of bedwetting
- Deep sleep and sleep disorders
- Small bladder size
- Birth defects and medical conditions
- Abnormal daytime potty habits
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.