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Bedwetting (Enuresis)

Bedwetting (Urinary Incontinence or Enuresis)

What is urinary incontinence (enuresis)?

Urinary incontinence (enuresis) is the medical term for bedwetting. Incontinence is accidental or intentional urination in children who are at an age where they should be able to have control of their bladders. Girls usually obtain bladder control before boys do. Incontinence may be diagnosed in girls older than age 5 and in boys who are older than age 6 who are still having urinary control problems. There are different types of bedwetting that may occur, including the following:

What are some key facts about urinary incontinence (enuresis)?

What causes urinary incontinence?

There are many factors that may be involved, and many theories that are given for why children wet. The following is a list of some of the possible reasons for the problem:

How is urinary incontinence (enuresis) diagnosed?

Urinary incontinence (enuresis) is usually diagnosed based on a complete medical history and physical examination of your child. In addition to talking with you and the child, your child's physician may perform the following to help rule out other causes for the wetting:

What is the treatment for urinary incontinence (enuresis)?

Specific treatment for enuresis will be determined by your child's physician based on:

Prior to starting treatment, it is important to know that:

Treatment may include:

In addition, counseling of the child and family may help to determine any stress the child may be under.

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