Diseases

Bedwetting

Nocturnal Enuresis

Bedwetting is the involuntary discharge of urine during sleep. We speak of bedwetting as a child of five years or more can't stop peeing at night at least twice a week. A child doesn't wet the bed intentionally and it isn't the result of drinking plenty or deep sleeping. Urinating during sleep is a common condition and treatment is often complex.


Cause

There is usually no clear cause for bedwetting. During sleep, some children (and adults) don't feel when their bladder is full. Therefore they don’t wake up to urinate. Sleeping too deep or drinking too much during the day plays no role in causing bedwetting. A physical cause can rarely be found.

The following reasons may have to do with bedwetting:


Symptoms

Bedwetting can be a big problem. In the first place, of course, for the bed-wetter him- or herself. He or she can be very uncertain and may get a negative self-image. Especially when the family reacts negatively to the urinary problems. Additionally, bedwetting can have an adverse effect on social life. The older the bedwetter, the more this aspect outweighs.


Diagnosis

The diagnosis is made upon the story that the bed is regularly wet at night. In order to exclude the small risk of a physical cause, urinalysis is sometimes performed.


Treatment

Bedwetting eventually stops on its own in most cases. If it doesn’t, there are several ways to deal with the condition. No method, however, provides one hundred percent chance of success. It’s always important to stick to a selected method, or a combination of methods, for a number of weeks:


Prognosis

Bedwetting may return, in spite of successful treatment. If this is the case, the same treatment can be started over again. Yet there will always be children who continue to wet their bed.


Considerations


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See also

Bladder Infection

Urinalysis

Relaxation

Category

Developmental disorder, Urological disease

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