Dr Catherine
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4-7 years

My 6 year old is still wetting the bed at night how do I get her to stop.

Please be reassured it is perfectly normal for your daughter to still be wetting the bed at night with many children continuing to do so up until school age. There are a number of reasons why children continue to wet at night. Some do so because their body produces larger than normal amounts of urine overnight and their bladder is unable to store it until morning. This usually continues until the amount of urine produced decreases or children learn to wake-up in response to a full bladder. Others do so because they are unable to wake in response to the signals that their bladder sends to their brain telling them to wake-up and go to the toilet. Most children do outgrow bedwetting on their own however it is always a good idea once children turn 6 to have them checked any a GP just to rule out any possible underlying medical cause. When you meet with your GP discuss your treatment options - I would recommend looking into conditioning alarms first, with this form of treatment experiencing the best long-term success. All the best! Dr Cathrine