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Why is my 9-year-old still wetting the bed? How to treat and prevent nightly mishaps

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"Parents seldom talk about it, but enuresis is nothing to be ashamed of – you'll be surprised to know how many of your child's friends also battle with it". (Getty Images)
"Parents seldom talk about it, but enuresis is nothing to be ashamed of – you'll be surprised to know how many of your child's friends also battle with it". (Getty Images)

For a five-year-old who might want to start sleeping over at friends' homes, bedwetting is more than just a little inconvenience – it's quite the social embarrassment.

For parents, it's frustrating if they expect their child to be old enough to stay dry for the night, only to wake up to a wet bed and an unhappy child the next morning.

Bedwetting – the medical term is enuresis – is a symptom and not an illness, says Dr Werner Botha, a urologist based in Cape Town.

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