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What causes bedwetting?

Bedwetting often has no particular cause. In a few cases, there is an underlying physical or psychological cause. Factors that can raise the chance of a child wetting their bed include: a family history of bedwetting; constipation and other digestion problems; being a boy; being a deep sleeper; small or overactive bladder, or; drinking a lot before bedtime. Emotional factors are not a major influence on bedwetting. However, stress or changes in circumstance can occasionally trigger or increase bedwetting in a child.

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Author: Jonathan Meddings BMedLabSc (Hons)
First answered: 24 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Urinary tract infections (UTI) in children


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