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  Bedwetting caused by 'problem in brain'
Updated 22 August 2002, 15.33
Ten per cent of children wet the bed by age eight
Children who wet the bed a lot could have a small problem with the way their brain works.

Scientists reckon bedwetting could be caused by special nerves not growing properly in your brain.

Fact File
Bedwetting
Around half a million kids in the UK wet the bed
Most experts agree bedwetting is NOT a mental problem
Myths include that bedwetters have small bladders or are very deep sleepers
Treatments include bedwetting alarms, hypnosis and medicine

But the good news is, it can be treated.

Nerves

Around 10 per cent of children still wet the bed at age eight, and it can be really upsetting for them and their parents.

But this new research shows there's nothing seriously wrong with children who wet the bed, they've just got some nerves in their head which haven't grown as fast as other kids'.

Help in the future

Another possible reason for bedwetting is that some kids don't have much of a certain chemical, which stops your body making wee in the night.

Children with this problem can be given extra helpings of this chemical, specially made by scientists, which can make a real difference in how often they bedwet.

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