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Sleep Disorders

28 March 2011

More boys than girls wet their beds

About five in 100 kids wet the bed at night, but boys are more than twice as likely to do it than girls, a new study says.

About five in 100 kids wet the bed at night, but boys are more than twice as likely to do it than girls, a new study says.

Sometimes the link between the bladder and the brain isn't fully developed yet, he said, and more boys than girls tend to be bedwetters because girls mature faster. But by age 15, 99% of kids outgrow it, Barone, who did not work on the Journal of Paediatrics study, said.

 

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Dr Alison Bentley is a general practitioner who has consulted in sleep medicine and sleep disorders, in both adults and children of all ages, for almost 30 years. She also researches and publishes on a number of sleep-related topics both in formal research journals and lay publications including as editor of Sleep Matters, an educational newsletter on sleep disorders for doctors.

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