The influence of phones and tablets on bedwetting


Every parent struggles with the use of cell phones and tablets. So what is a sensible balance between using these devices and life offline. Recent studies indicate that the use of these items affect bedwetting in young children.

Bedwetting (Enuresis Nocturna) is a condition in which children wet their beds several times a month. It is considered a problem when a child is around 6 to 7 years old. There was much discussion about whether the use of devices would affect the likelihood of bedwetting. A scientific study on this was conducted in June 2019.


Research set-up

Two groups were compared with one another, one that spent more than three hours a day on a device and one that spent less than three hours on a device.

A group of 138 individuals who suffered from bedwetting and a control group of 104 patients were formed.

Patients were exposed to communication devices such as phones or tablets for more than 3 hours per day up until one hour before bedtime. The control group was exposed to communication devices for less than three hours and no more than an hour before bedtime.

Outcome on the influence of phones and tablets

The group exposed to digital communication tools for more than three hours a day were significantly more likely to wet the bed than the group exposed to these devices for less than three hours.

Thus, it is recommended that children who wet their beds spend less than three hours a day behind a screen. Playing outside is a good alternative when the weather is good, but puzzling inside or playing with Kapla and Lego is also great for them.


Bedwetting is extremely unpleasant for children; it affects self-confidence and inhibits children’s development. Children like to stay overnight with one another or go to camp with the class. It is great when a child can move freely and does not have to be afraid of being left out of the group.