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When is bedwetting a problem?

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

The Potty Trainer

Being wet at night is not a problem in and of itself. The frequency or amount of wetness also does not indicate whether there is a problem. Children that wet a few nights a week and those that only wet small amounts are still bedwetters. Those that always wet at night (primary nocturnal enuresis), and those that develop new bedwetting (secondary nocturnal enuresis) are both having similar issues—they are wet and their beds are wet.

  • If your child complains about wetting the bed it is a problem.
  • If you complain about your child’s bedwetting, it is a problem.
  • If others make your child feel uncomfortable about their bedwetting, it is a problem.

If any of these statements are true, regardless of the amount or frequency of wetting, then please understand that you should address the situation because it is a problem. If your child has had a dry night in the past and has been evaluated by a physician for bedwetting, then you should not be concerned about an underlying medical problem.


– 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.