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What is bedwetting?
Night-time bedwetting, known formally as nocturnal enuresis, is a condition in which a toilet-trained child regularly urinates (pees) while sleeping.
What causes bedwetting?
Bedwetting often has no particular cause. In a few cases, there is an underlying physical or psychological cause. Factors that can raise the chance of a child wetting their bed include: a family history of bedwetting; constipation and other digestion problems; being …
When does bedwetting become a problem?
The question of when bedwetting becomes a 'problem' greatly depends on the attitude of your family and your child. As a general rule of thumb, regular (at least twice weekly) bedwetting above the age of about five years can be considered worth looking …
How is bedwetting treated?
There are several ways of treating bedwetting. In-home treatment methods include: restricting sugary or caffeinated drinks (cola, etc.) before bedtime; motivation therapy - keeping records of dryness and establishing a reward system for 'dry' periods and for …
What can be done at home to treat bedwetting?
In-home treatment methods include: restricting sugary or caffeinated drinks (cola, etc.) before bedtime; motivation therapy - keeping records of dryness and establishing a reward system for 'dry' periods and for other related positive behavior; …
Can bedwetting be prevented?
Bedwetting happens normally to some children and is not under their control so it cannot be prevented. Scolding or shaming a child will also not help prevent or treat the behavior. Waking the child at night to go to the toilet will prevent some wet nights, but …
Will bedwetting keep coming back?
Occasionally, children who have been 'dry' for some months will revert to bedwetting. This is known as 'secondary enuresis' and if it becomes regular, then there is some chance that this is caused by some underlying medical problem.
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Author: Jonathan Meddings BMedLabSc (Hons)
First answered: 24 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Urinary tract infections (UTI) in children