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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 …
What children are more likely to experience bedwetting?
Factors that can increase the chance of a child to wet their bed while sleeping include: - A family history of bedwetting; - Constipation and other digestion problems; - Being a boy; - Being a deep sleeper; - Having a small or …
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 …
About this article
Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 27 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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