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    Doctor: Kids will eventually grow out of it

    Doctor: Kids will eventually grow out of it
    Jan 11 2005

    Children will usually stop wetting the bed by the time they are 6 years old, said Dr. Don McKnight.

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    If you are the parents of a bedwetter, the main thing to avoid doing is obssessing over it, said McKnight, a Jackson urologist who has a practice at Jackson Urological Associates.

    ''What most people call bedwetting is primary enuresis,'' the physician explained. ''It's difficult to measure when it will stop because kids achieve continence at different ages.

    ''Around 1 percent of adults 18 years and older may still experience bedwetting. This is especially true of Army and/or other recruits going through basic training,'' McKnight said.

    The condition at that point could be a response from the rigorous activity, not to mention separation anxiety from home and family.

    McKnight said culture may play a role. Americans are uptight about it, but in England, for example, a 5-year-old wetting the bed is not an issue, he said.

    Only 10 percent of children are still wetting the bed by age 6. It drops to 5 percent by age 14, said McKnight, who attended the University of Arkansas, the University of Tennesse Memphis and received his urology training at the Medical College of Georgia.

    Bedwetting also tends to run in families. ''A child who wets the bed probably had a parent who did.''

    It is relatively common, said Karen Codjoe, a health officer with the West Tennessee Regional Health