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Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What is bedwetting?

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.

What causes bedwetting?

The exact cause of your child's bedwetting may not be known. Any of the following can cause bedwetting:

What increases my child's risk for bedwetting?

How is bedwetting diagnosed?

Your child's healthcare provider will ask when your child started to wet the bed and how often it happens. The provider will check your child's abdomen, spine, and genitals. Your child's provider will ask if your child wets himself or herself during the day. Your child may need any of the following:

How is bedwetting treated?

Treatment options

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

How can I help manage my child's bedwetting?

When should I contact my child's healthcare provider?

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