How is Enuresis (Bedwetting) Diagnosed?

You'll know if a child has enuresis if he/she is over the age of 6, and often wakes to a wet bed. You and your health care provider will want to learn the cause of the bedwetting.

Your child's pediatrician will ask about how often this happens, and about other symptoms. Before your appointment, try to keep track of your child's bathroom habits in a bladder diary. Include information such as:

  • How often does your child urinate during the day and at night? 
  • How often does he/she pass stool and how hard or soft is the stool? 
  • Does your child drink fluids before bed?

If your health care provider needs more information, your child may have a:

  • Urine culture & urinalysis: Urine tests are used to check for infection, unwanted blood and other elements in the urine.
  • Blood test: Blood tests can check the kidney and thyroid, cholesterol levels and the presence of anemia, diabetes or hormone problems.
  • Bladder scan: This type of ultrasound shows how much urine is still in the bladder after urinating.
  • Urodynamic testing: These tests check to see how well the lower urinary tract stores and releases urine. 
  • Cystoscopy: During this test, the doctor inserts a narrow tube with a tiny lens into the bladder to check for a tumor or other more serious conditions.