Bedwetting and Genetics?

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It is widely acceptable today that the phenomenon of bedwetting has a genetic element to it. In our experience, more than 75% children have one (or both) parent who also had bedwetting at some point during their childhood. When we examine bedwetting history of uncles and grandparents, the numbers are even higher – as more than 90% had experienced bedwetting in the past.

Some of the parents, who had bedwetting issues until teenage years (and even afterwards), sometimes assume – and wrongfully so – that their child will follow the same path and will simply “grow out of it”. Unfortunately, this assumption is not grounded in reality, as there is no guarantee this will be the case with their child. Therefore, it is essential to treat the bedwetting issues as early as possible [Read more: When should we start bedwetting treatment?], and not just “wait it out” like in the days of old.

Having said that, we must also remember that bedwetting is often times not a medical problem, but a behavioral one – which can be treated by a learning process and by taking preventive measures. [Read more about the causes of bedwetting]

Since the bedwetting treatment aims to correct the malfunction in the child’s reflex system, we cannot point at a distinct relationship between the genetic factor and the chances the treatment will succeed (or not), and the child will stop bedwetting (or not). However, since bedwetting affects a child’s quality of life (as well as their parents’), treating it on time will improve the quality of life drastically.

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