How Is Bedwetting Treated In Children?

Bedwetting, also known as nighttime incontinence or nocturnal enuresis, is the involuntary leakage of urine during sleep. Bedwetting can be a problem for people of all ages, but it is most common in children. It is estimated that bedwetting affects about 15% of school-age children.

There are two types of ADHD and bedwetting: primary and secondary. Primary bedwetting occurs when a child has never been dry at night. Secondary bedwetting occurs when a child who has previously been dry at night starts wetting the bed again.

There are many possible causes of bedwetting, including:

• Urinary tract infections

• Constipation

• Diabetes mellitus

• Sleep apnea

• Neurological conditions such as cerebral palsy or spina bifida

• Psychological conditions such as anxiety or depression

In most cases, however, the cause of bedwetting is unknown. This is called primary nocturnal enuresis. Most children with primary nocturnal enuresis will outgrow the problem eventually without any treatment.

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The treatment for bedwetting depends on the underlying cause. If an infection or other medical condition is causing the problem, then treating that condition will often resolve the bedwetting.

In other cases, there are a number of behavioral and medical treatments that can be effective. These include:

• Bedwetting alarms: These devices detect when urine is present and sound an alarm to wake the child. Over time, this can help the child learn to wake up when he or she starts to urinate so that he or she can go to the bathroom before wetting the bed.

• Medications: There are a number of medications that can be used to treat bedwetting, including desmopressin (DDAVP) and imipramine (Tofranil). These medications work by reducing the amount of urine produced at night or by increasing the urge to urinate.

• Behavioral therapy: This treatment involves helping the child learn new skills, such as how to wake up when he or she starts to urinate at night.

 Bedwetting can be a frustrating problem, but there are many effective treatments available. If your child is wetting the bed, talk to your doctor about the best way to treat the problem.

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