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Bedwetting / Nocturia

Why Do Some Kids Wet the Bed?

The reasons why nighttime accidents occur may surprise you! If you’re the parent of a bedwetter, you’re likely all too familiar with orchestrating middle-of-the-night pajama changes and dragging heaping loads of soggy sheets to the laundry machine. You’ve also probably wondered more than once whether the nighttime accidents will ever end. The good news: Odds are, they will! While15 percent of children wet the bed at age five, less than five percent will still be having accidents by ages eight to 11. (In rare cases, bedwetting can continue into the teen years and adulthood, and if it does, that’s a signal to talk to a doctor, because it could by a symptom of an underlying…

Is Using the Bathroom in the Middle of the Night Normal?

Find out what’s typical, what’s not, and what may be causing the problem. Typically, the amount of urine that the body produces decreases at night, allowing most people to sleep for six to eight consecutive hours without waking up to use the bathroom. However, some folks wake up in the middle of the night to urinate, which interrupts the sleep cycle. While it’s normal for this to happen occasionally—such as after a late dinner or a few too many drinks before bedtime—if this becomes frequent, it could be a symptom that your body has reduced its capacity for holding urine, a problem that’s technically called “nocturia.” (If you wake up to urinate in the middle…