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Nocturnal Enuresis (Bedwetting)

A summary of night-time urine control for school-aged children, including causes, diagnosis and treatment.

What to Know about Bedwetting

When children urinate without control while they sleep, it is called nocturnal enuresis. It's also known as bedwetting. Learn more on today's episode of the Urology Care Podcast. Urology Care Podcast · What to Know About Bedwetting

Nocturnal Enuresis (Bedwetting)

When children urinate without control while they sleep, it is called nocturnal enuresis. It's also known as bedwetting. Most children can control their bladder during the day and night by the age of 4. About 10% of children age 6 or 7 still can't stay dry, as they have day or nighttime "accidents." If a child experiences bladder control problems during sleep after the age of 7, it's worth lo...

Bedwetting: Fact or Fiction?

Dr. Ed Gong, Pediatric Urologist, brings you facts about bedwetting in this free video from the Urology Care Foundation. View video here

Week 3: Bedwetting and Nocturia

Below are some of our top resources on bedwetting (also called enuresis) and nocturia. Bedwetting (Enuresis) Resources Nocturnal Enuresis (Bedwetting) Fact Sheet Bedwetting: Fact or Fiction? (video) Bedwetting 101 Podcast Learn more about bedwetting. Nocturia Resources Nocturia Fact Sheet Nocturia (video) Nocturia Poster Learn more about nocturia. ...

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Bedwetting video.

Bedwetting 101 with Dr. Bedwetting 101 with Dr. Ernesto T. Figueroa

Bedwetting is common for more than 5 million children in the U.S. Listen to this episode to learn more about this common urology condition with Ernesto T. Figueroa, MD, Division Chief of Pediatric Urology with Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.

Treatment

There are many treatments for bedwetting, some work better than others. Often, treatment starts with simple changes like: Reducing the amount of fluids your child drinks 1-2 hours before bed Creating a schedule for bathroom use (changing toilet habits) Wetting alarm devices Prescription Drugs These strategies may be tried one at a time, or together. The following strategies have not been shown t...

Diagnosis

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 ...

Causes

Being lazy or willful is almost never a reason for a child's loss of bladder control. In a small number of cases, behavior may play a role. No matter the causes, parents need to be patient and supportive. Bedwetting is caused by a combination of things: Family history (genetics) Bedwetting can be inherited. The "bedwetting gene" is strong among families. Half of all children who have this problem ...

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