Dr Catherine
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2-4 years

Hi C.B., firstly, my apologies for the delay in responding over this Christmas period. 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. The time between achieving daytime continence and nighttime control is different for every child. While some achieve this in a matter of weeks, others take months or years. One of the best indicators that your daughter is moving toward achieving nighttime continence is an increase in the number of mornings she wakes up dry. 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 by the time they turn 6 years, if your daughter continues to wet the bed once she reaches school-age then you should certainly have her checked by your GP. All the best! Regards, Dr Cathrine