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What is the right age to address bedwetting?

Dr. D. Preston Smith
Author Dr. D. Preston Smith
Submitted 24-08-2007

The Potty Trainer

There is no magic age for determining when bedwetting is a problem. Many refer to 6-7 years of age as when a parent needs to address the problem. This age does correlate with when most bedwetting stops, and child concerns begin to mount. But this is not an age that makes bedwetting a medical concern.


If you are motivated, you can start to correct the wetting before it becomes a concern for you or your child. It is possible to start measures to correct the wetting shortly after potty training. If you start young, you may have better results and avoid many of the frustrations that commonly arise. It may sound extreme to start making changes shortly after potty training, but your efforts may pay off. If the wetting is improved early, bedding and clothing issues will not be as problematic.


The earlier you start the more your child will be accustomed to making the changes you request of them. The earlier you choose a certain diet, bed alarm, drinking schedule, and good potty habits, then the more likely your child will be dry. More extreme measures, like trying certain medications, are not usually warranted in young children (less than 5 years) who wet at night.


Remember, bedwetting that is not caused by any underlying medical problem (physical or mental) will almost always end with time. It is completely up to you and your child to decide when to start treatment for bedwetting.


– 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