Q My 12-year-old son is wetting his bed at least once a week now. He's a happy, popular boy who plays loads of sport and is generally healthy. I've never experienced bed-wetting with older boys. I am desperate to help him. What can I do to help?
A Whether the bed-wetting is a new thing, or a continuation of bed-wetting that has always been there, you should bring him to the doctor to get a check-up to ensure there is nothing medically wrong.
Chronic bed-wetting, particularly for older boys, may be the consequence of undiagnosed constipation and this may be worth discussing with the GP when you are there.
The bed-wetting alarms (where there is a sensor built into pants that a child wears to bed) are often the most successful solutions with boys this age, where the bed-wetting has always been a problem.
If the current bed-wetting is a new thing, it might be anxiety-related. Do check to see if anything may have changed or may be stressing him. Dealing with stress may also stop the bed-wetting.