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Research Confirms Boys Better Bedwetters

By on March 27, 2011

Gotta love research! At healthyblackmen.org we find interesting (hopefully) research topics and bring it to you. We’ve done it again, this time a Hong Kong study found that boys are more than twice as likely to wet the bed than girls.

More than 6,000 children participated in the study. Researchers found that about seven out of 100 boys and three out of 100 girls wet their beds at least once a month.

“Bedwetting is hereditary in four out of ten cases,” said Dr. Joseph Barone, pediatric urologist at the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

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 percent of kids outgrow it, Barone, who did not work on the Journal of Pediatrics study. This has got to be good news for moms and dads everywhere. Can you imagine the amount of pee a 15 year old boy produces? Yuck.

The researchers had parents of about 3,000 girls and 3,100 boys in Hong Kong fill out questionnaires on how often their kids wet the bed. The kids were between 6 and 11 years old. Unsurprisingly, the researchers found that bed wetting decreased with age. Nine out of 100 six-year-olds wet their beds, versus two out of 100 eleven-year-olds.

In most children, the best way to cure bedwetting is to use an alarm. That’s right a sensor in a child’s underwear, which goes off when it gets wet. It’s connected to an alarm on a wristband or next to their head. You can find them at drug stores and even by prescription and most run from $50 to $150. The alarm systems are considered the first choice, and they work 80 to 90 percent of the time. There are also medications such as desmopressin acetate (known as DDAVP) or imipramine. However, these do have side effects, and they are a treatment, not a cure, so as always consult a physician.

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