My 12-year-old daughter still bed wets. Kindly let me know what to do about this.

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Bed-wetting (Nocturnal Enuresis) is a widespread and distressing condition that can have a deep impact on a child or young persons behaviour, emotional wellbeing, and social life. Bed-wetting tends to run in families and is more common among boys than girls; experts estimate the ratio as roughly 2 boys to 1 girl. Possible causes of bedwetting include; urinary tract infections, bladder problems, diabetes, or even stress. In some cases, there isnt a physical reason for bedwetting. Its just a delay in the development of night time bladder control. Make sure your child goes to the bathroom before her bedtime, but also try to let her go to the bathroom again right before you go to bed. Some doctors also suggest limiting your childs intake of fluids a few hours before bedtime. In addition, constipation is a common cause for bladder problems. Apple juice, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are all good options to help ease constipation. Medication is also an option, but it has potential side effects. The second you stop the medication, the bedwetting might start again. Bed-wetting is not the fault of the child or the young person, and disciplining children and young people because they have wet the bed should not be done Learn to relax and be patient: This phase wont last forever. In almost all cases, children outgrow bedwetting while the young adults may require further medical attention.