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Why do some children continue to wet the bed as they get older?

Children may continue to wet the bed as they get older for a number of reasons, including the following:

  • Their brain and bladder might have problems communicating with each other.
  • Things that upset them, like bullying or problems at home or school, can trigger bedwetting.
  • Their kidneys might not slow down at night like they should, so they end up making too much urine.
  • Some people have an overactive bladder that tries to empty when it’s not supposed to.
  • They may be constipated, or have an infection in their urine. 
  • Some medical conditions can cause bedwetting, but that’s rare.

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