Bedwetting is surprisingly common in older children and young adults. About 0.5 - 3% of teenagers and young adults wet the bed at night. Most of them have always wet their beds, but 20% start after being previously being dry. Unlike younger children, bedwetting tends to persist and be more severe in older children and young adults, with 50-80 % wetting at least 3 nights per week.
Lack of public awareness, the stigma associated with bedwetting and the mistaken belief that their bedwetting is not treatable means few seek help, despite successful treatments being available. 20-50% of young adults have never sought professional advice about their problem, and continue to suffer in silence. The negative impact of bedwetting on young people is often unappreciated. Studies have shown that young people with bedwetting have lower self-esteem and a higher risk of depression. Young adults have reported their condition has affected their work performance, choice of jobs, relationships and decisions to have a life partner.
The principles for treating bedwetting are the same for older children and young adults as they are for younger children, and those who seek treatment usually respond well.