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or nocturnal enuresis, is a condition that causes your child to urinate in his bed while he sleeps. The condition occurs in children who are 5 years or older. Your child may wet his bed at least 2 times each week. He may never have had a dry night. He 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 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.
may include any of the following:
- A bedwetting alarm can be used to wake your child if he 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 his bladder control.
- Medicines may help your child's bladder hold more urine, or decrease the amount of urine his body makes at night.
Manage your child's bedwetting:
- Give your child a reward for each dry night. If your child is old enough, have him help you change his 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. He should also urinate right before he goes to bed each night. Encourage him 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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