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Top ten myths about bedwetting

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

The Potty Trainer

Bedwetting has been a problem for centuries. Medical literature dating back to the 1500’s discusses issues related to urinating while asleep. It was commonly thought that children who wet at night had psychological and emotional problems. Now it is known that many different children with many different personalities wet at night, even without obvious emotional or psychological problems. Even children and young adults, who are seemingly well adjusted, wet at night. The exact cause for bedwetting is still



1. Kids intentionally wet at night

2. There is a magic pill that corrects bedwetting

3. Punishment helps a child stop wetting at night

4. Most bedwetters have a true medical problem

5. Nothing helps—you just have to outgrow it

6. Only bad or lazy kids wet the bed

7. Bad parenting causes children to wet at night

8. One thing or one problem causes bedwetting

9. All children wet at night for the same reason

10. Expensive programs can provide easy and instant cures



– 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.