Bedwetting: The Too-Often Undiagnosed Cause & Simple Cure

September 13, 2018 Dr. Jill Ombrello


Bedwetting beyond 2-3 yo (or sometimes known as "nocturnal enuresis" or "incontinence") can feel like a shameful secret or defeating challenge for both the parent and child.  Most often, parents are unaware that this is an issue that affects approximately 20% of all elementary school children. And for some, this problem can persist well into teen years and can even be an issue for adults if the root cause is never addressed.

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Fortunately, there is a solution beyond dietary habits, bed pads, alarm clocks, diapers, and all of the easily Google-able tricks and tools that most parents employ but can have an effect on a child's self esteem and lifestyle. 

Children often feel embarrassed and guilty over wetting the bed, and may even deny themselves the fun of sleepovers or overnight camps because they are afraid that someone might find out, damaging both their social life and their self esteem. Meanwhile, parents grapple with frustration and anxiety when they are unable to help their children.

While bedwetting itself isn’t a serious health concern, it can be a symptom (or outward sign) of a deeper problem for your child which does need to be addressed, a sort of natural alarm-bell that something is going on with your child while they are sleeping. Some children just need a few more years to develop the connection between brain signals and the bladder, but some children need minimally invasive therapies or procedures to help guide proper development and eliminate bedwetting.

The good news is, there’s no need for you or your child to suffer any longer! Bedwetting has been shown to be associated with sleep disordered breathing (SDB), a condition caused by easily-correctible, anatomical deficiencies such as a restricted, underdeveloped airway, improper tongue placement, and/or dysfunctional nasal breathing.  Essentially, SDB occurs when a child is not getting sufficient oxygen while they are sleeping, and so the neurochemical processes that should occur and improve during proper sleep cannot occur.  When the body’s sleep cycles are thrown off in this way, it can result in problems like bedwetting, fatigue, anxiety, poor immunity, increased inflammation, hyperactivity among other issues.

Our Super Health program uses removable, myofunctional dental devices to guide jaw development and open up the airway, allowing children to experience a good night’s sleep — possibly for the first time in their lives -- and to eliminate bedwetting both swiftly and permanently.  Many of our patients see results in a matter of days or weeks.  There are numerous other benefits to this early interventional therapy to promote proper growth and development for a lifetime of systemic wellness, but we think eliminating bedwetting is a major win to get started.

If your child suffers from bedwetting, there’s no need for them to avoid sleepovers — or for you to do a nightly load of laundry. Call our office at 214-368-0900 or email us at to schedule a complimentary consult with our team of specialists today!


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Written by Dr. Jill Ombrello

Wife & mother to three beautiful, healthy children. Fourth-generation dentist. Patient advocate. Healthy Start educator. Beyonce enthusiast.

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