Punishing a child for wetting the bed is counterproductive. It will not solve the problem and actually appears to make it worse. Children whose parents punished them for wetting the bed at night were more likely to be depressed and have a poorerquality of life overall compared to those
About 15% of children who are at an age when bladder control occurs wet their bed at night. Most girls stay dry at night by age 6 and boys by age 7.
The medical term for bedwetting is nocturnal enuresis. It is three times more common in boys than in girls. Most bedwetting is just a developmental delay, where the child lags behind a bit but will catch up, and is not due to an emotional or medical problem. Only 5% to 10% children who are bedwetters have a medical problem. Bedwetting is frequently runs in families. It can also be a source of low self-esteem and a loss of self- confidence.
The study was published in the journal Child Abuse and
Neglect and was reported on at Reuters Health.