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Dear David Coleman: My six-year-old still wets the bed and he is in pull-ups. Is this normal?

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Bed wetting is quite common

Bed wetting is quite common

Bed wetting is quite common

Q I am looking for advice about my six-year-old son who wets the bed at night, so he is in pull-ups. Is this normal for a six-year-old boy, or should he have stopped at this stage? He goes to the toilet before he goes to bed.

David replies:  Bed-wetting at age six is still quite common, with about one in every six or seven children still wetting the bed. Most children do grow out of it without any need for intervention (although I had a recent query about an 11-year-old). Indeed, it is probably only at about your son's age that you might consider doing something to address the bed-wetting. It is especially relevant to address it if he is starting to feel bad or self-conscious about wearing the pull-ups.

By this age, children should be producing antidiuretic hormone (ADH) that helps them to produce less urine at night. They are also, hopefully, becoming more attuned to the feeling of fullness or pressure in their bladder that might prompt them to wake up.


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