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Dear David Coleman: My 12-year-old wets the bed every week. What can I do to help him?

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With bed-wetting alarms, a special moisture sensor placed in the child’s pants triggers a bell or buzzer to go off at the start of urination

With bed-wetting alarms, a special moisture sensor placed in the child’s pants triggers a bell or buzzer to go off at the start of urination

With bed-wetting alarms, a special moisture sensor placed in the child’s pants triggers a bell or buzzer to go off at the start of urination

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.

Irish Independent