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Bedwetting

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Jan 5, 2023.

AMBULATORY CARE:

Bedwetting,

or nocturnal enuresis, is a condition that causes your child to urinate in bed while he or she sleeps. The condition occurs in children who are 5 years or older. Your child may wet the bed at least 2 times each week. He or she may never have had a dry night. He or she may have dry nights for at least 6 months and then begin to wet the bed again.

Contact your child's healthcare provider if:

  • Your child has stomach cramps, no appetite, or a bad taste in his or her mouth.
  • Your child is not sleeping as well as usual.
  • Your child seems depressed or angers easily.
  • You have questions or concerns about your child's condition or care.

Treatment

may include any of the following:

  • A bedwetting alarm can be used to wake your child if he or she begins to urinate during the night. Use the alarm for at least 2 months, or until your child is dry for 14 nights in a row.
  • Pelvic muscle exercises are used to help strengthen pelvic muscles. The exercises will help improve bladder control.
  • Medicines can help your child's bladder hold more urine, or decrease the amount of urine made at night.

Treatment options

The following list of medications are in some way related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

Manage your child's bedwetting:

  • Give your child a reward for each dry night. If your child is old enough, have him or her help you change the sheets. Never punish or shame your child for wetting the bed.
  • Remind your child to urinate every 2 hours , or at least 3 times during the school day. Your child should also urinate right before he or she goes to bed each night. Encourage your child to have a bowel movement every day.
  • Limit the amount of liquid your child drinks in the late afternoon and evening.

Follow up with your child's healthcare provider as directed:

You may need to keep a record of your child's wet and dry nights. Bring the record with you to your child's follow-up visits. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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