It's likely your GP will ask you or your child about their bedwetting to check for any underlying cause and help determine the most effective treatment.
Examples of questions your GP may ask include:
As part of the assessment process, you may be asked to keep a bedwetting diary to record things such as:
Further tests are rarely needed, but may be recommended if your GP suspects an underlying health condition or other problem is responsible for your childs bedwetting (see causes of bedwetting for more information about these).
For example, if your GP suspects your child may have a urinary tract infection or type 1 diabetes , a urine test can be used to check for these conditions.
If your GP thinks emotional problems might be responsible for your childs bedwetting, they may recommend talking to your child's teacher or school nurse to see if there are any issues at school that could be upsetting them.
Bedwetting can be worrying and frustrating, but it's common for children to accidentally wet the bed during the night. The problem usually resolves in time.
Bedwetting is usually only regarded as a medical issue when it occurs in children who are five years old or older and who wet the bed at least twice a week.
Bedwetting is not your child's fault and there's often no obvious reason why it happens. In many cases, the problem runs in families.
It's likely your GP will ask you or your child about their bedwetting in order to check for any underlying cause and help determine the most effective treatment.
Although most children will stop wetting the bed as they get older, there are a number of treatments that can be tried.