A wide eyed, red faced child hurriedly trying to yank out a wet sheet off the bed is a common sight to behold in the mornings. Bedwetting is a common problem often causing considerable distress to the child and his family. Most children are toilet trained between the ages of 2 and 5. Many children at this age are able to stay dry during the day, but lack nocturnal control until they are older.
More than 85% of children have complete diurnal and nocturnal control by 5 years of age. Between 15 to 30% of 6 year olds have one episode of bedwetting (also called enuresis) per month, and as many as 4% or more 12 year olds are wetting their beds some of the time. Like so many things in paediatrics, bedwetting and the issues associated with it have their own developmental time line. Read on to get a perspective of all you need to know about nocturnal enuresis after the 5th year of life.