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Incontinence can improve as children age, but it is a myth that all children will simply ‘grow out of it’.

National Conference on Incontinence

Children and Teenagers

Do children and teens experience incontinence?

Yes, people of any age can experience incontinence.

In fact, 3 to 5 per cent of children aged between five and 17 have a daytime wetting problem. One third of these children and teens will also experience bedwetting. Day wetting is more common in girls than boys, however, boys have more bedwetting issues than girls.

About 1 to 3 per cent of children and teens experience soiling (faecal incontinence), which can be in addition to daytime wetting or bedwetting.

Learn more about incontinence in children.

Learn more about incontinence in teenagers at the Continence Foundation’s world-leading adolescent continence support website, Incontinence in Confidence.