Bed Wetting Statistics

Wetting the bed is a problem that is faced by a surprisingly large number of children and even teenagers. Medically referred to as nocturnal enuresis, bed wetting can be a real problem for both the children and parents alike. In this article, we’ll be relaying several statistics that relate to bed wetting to better help you understand exactly how widespread the problem is.

  • During our development, bladder control is attained at various ages depending on the person. Everybody is born a bed-wetter, and while some get over the problem at a young age, it can take some children years to conquer bladder control issues. At age five, the majority of children have attained a normal system of waking up when they need to urinate. At age five, as much as twenty percent of children still experience a bed wetting problem. After age five, the likelihood of nocturnal enuresis occurrence continues to decrease, albeit at a slower pace. Approximately ten to twenty percent of all first grade boys have a bed wetting problem, and eight to seventeen percent of first grade girls. Approximately two percent of nineteen year olds may have bed wetting issues.
  • If your child is a bed-wetter, they face roughly a fifteen percent chance of getting rid of the problem without any outside help within the year. To that end, 85% of all bed wetters do not solve their problem without some form of outside intervention.
  • Bed wetting doesn’t necessarily happen in the night time. While it most commonly occurs at night, statistics have shown that about while seventy four percent of nocturnal enuresis sufferers wet the bed only at night, ten percent wet the bed only during the day and sixteen percent wet the bed both at night and during the daytime.
  • There are four established diagnoses when it comes to enuresis: diurnal enuresis, nocturnal enuresis, primary enuresis, and secondary enuresis. Diurnal enuresis denotes a problem with wetting the bed during the daytime, nocturnal enuresis affects the child only at night, primary enuresis occurs when a child was not properly toilet trained, and secondary enuresis is present when the child had a case of enuresis that was believed to be cured, but has come back.

These statistics were compiled from various sources regarding bed wetting. Since the testing methods may be skewed, it’s important to take every statistic that you read with a grain of salt until you fully understand the process that the researchers went through when collecting the data. Many of the facts above regarding bed wetting are universally known and are therefore considered sound data. Some of the results may be slightly off, but generally, the information is just about correct. Now that you can see just how prevalent the problem is, you may want to affirm your child with the information so that they realize that they are not alone. Many bed wetters are ashamed of their problem, and getting over that shame is an important step in curing the problem.