Bed wetting is not uncommon in young adults, even into their teens. It's nothing to worry about usually. In some children the bladder doesn't "mature" as fast as the child. I would rule out psychological or physiological problems unless he's had some sort of trauma in his life. I do however agree that you should bring him in for a physical, and mention the bed wetting,(In private with the doctor away from your son. No extra embarrassments for him.) Do not mention this to anyone else. If it gets back to him it's devastating at his age. Assure him that he's not alone and you will see this through together!
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Last edited at 12:04AM on 9/21/2011
My bro is 14 and still does it once and a while it's a real condition usually seen in boys most don't grow out of it till the age 18...he goes to the restroom before he sleeps and doesnt drink hours before bed and still does it..,
Encourage him to use the bath room before bed time and wake him up periodically through the night and have him to stop drinking water just before bed time. Never punish him for it because that leads to low self-esteem, and by all means see a doctor.
If you feel it's time to see a doctor, read up on the 2 antiduretic drugs approved by the FDA and most often used - DDVAP and Tofranil. While effective in many cases, both have side effects you will want to consider. Knowledge is power, as they say. When not diagnosed with an underlying medical condition it is often caused by abnormal, deep, sound sleep, so he or she is unable to respond to bladder pressure when necessary. Helping your child understand and work through this difficult time is the treatment of all.