Bedwetting

Bedwetting (or enuresis) is uncontrolled urination (incontinence) at nighttime, usually in a child. A related symptom in adults is nocturia (night urination) which refers to waking at night to urinate. Causes may be simple (e.g. excessive bedtime fluids combined with very sound sleep), psychological (e.g. child anxiety), physical diseases ...

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Why does my child wet the bed? In most cases, the exact cause of bedwetting is not known. But many possible causes exist. Your child’s bladder* might be too small. Or the amount of urine produced overnight is too much for your child’s bladder to hold. As a ...1

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Causes

Non-Disease Causes: Some of the causes of enuresis include:

  • Normal child. Some occurrence of bedwetting in a young child is not unusual, nor is it necessarily indicative of any disease or abnormality.
  • Anxiety (child) (e.g. neurotic enuresis)
  • Emotional stress ...
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Causes of Bedwetting

Why does my child wet the bed? In most cases, the exact cause of bedwetting is not known. But many possible causes exist. Your child’s bladder might be too small. Or the amount of urine produced overnight is too ...2

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Diagnosis of Bedwetting

Should I take my child to see a doctor? Children younger than 5 do not need to see a doctor for bedwetting. Many children do not stay dry at night until age 7. A single episode of bedwetting should not ...3

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Causes List for Bedwetting

Possible causes of Bedwetting (or similar symptoms) may include:4

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Treatments for Bedwetting

How can I help my child stay dry? You can take several steps to help your child stay dry. Make sure your child drinks enough fluids throughout the day. A child who doesn’t drink enough during the day may ...5

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References

  1. Source: NIDDK (NIH): niddk.nih.gov/ health-information/ health-topics/ urologic-disease/ urinary-incontinence-in-children/ Pages/ ez.aspx
  2. Source: NIDDK (NIH): niddk.nih.gov/ health-information/ urologic-diseases/ bedwetting
  3. ibid.
  4. Source: Algorithmically Generated List
  5. Source: NIDDK (NIH): niddk.nih.gov/ health-information/ urologic-diseases/ bedwetting

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