Mar 27, 2017

Announcer: Need reliable health and wellness information? Don't listen to the guy in the cube next to you. Get it from a trusted source straight from the doctor's mouth. Here's this week's listener question on The Scope.

Interviewer: Answering this week's listener question is pediatrician Dr. Cindy Gellner. Dr. Gellner, the question is, "I'm currently potty-training my son and noticed that he wets his bed. I want to treat him like a big boy and so we don't make him wear a diaper to bed, but it happens often. Will this occasionally stop as his body gets used to the bathroom schedule, or should I be concerned that something more serious is happening?"

Dr. Gellner: It's still normal for children to wet the bed until they're 12, actually. Daytime bladder control happens much sooner than nighttime bladder control, and most kids are okay wearing big-kid underpants during the day and a pull-up-like product at night. You don't need to worry about something more serious unless it persists into the teen years. And even then, it may still be normal. Bed-wetting runs in families, so chances are there are other bed-wetters and your son will gain control around the same age as the others who dealt with this.

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