More Boys Wet Their Beds Than Girls

Researchers from the Prince of Wales Hospital at the Chinese University of Hong Kong had parents of about 3,000 girls and 3,100 boys ages six to eleven years old fill out questionnaires on how often their kids wet their beds.

The researchers found-

*  5 in 100 kids wet their beds at night

* 7 out of 100 boys wet their beds at least once a month compared to 3 out of 100 girls

* 9 out of 100 six year olds wet their beds versus 2 out of 100 eleven year olds

Commenting on the study is Dr. Joseph Barone, pediatric urologist at the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He said “Bedwetting is hereditary in 4 out of 10 cases.  Sometimes the link between the bladder and the brain isn’t fully developed yet and more boys than girls tend to be bedwetters because girls mature faster.  By age 15, 99% of kids outgrow bedwetting.”

He added, “In most children, the best way to cure bedwetting is to use an alarm. This is a sensor in a child’s underwear, which goes off when it gets wet. It’s connected to an alarm on a wristband or next to their head. The alarm systems are considered the first choice, and they work 80 to 90 percent of the time if used properly.  If this doesn’t work, there are also medications, such as desmopressin acetate (known as DDAVP) or imipramine. However, these do have side effects, and they are a treatment, not a cure.”

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