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Bedwetting

 

Bedwetting or nocturnal enuresis is urinary incontinence in sleep in children who are of the age to have developed the ability to control their bladders.

Causes

  • Heredity
  • Less production of anti diuretic hormone
  • Inadequate neurological development
  • Abnormal urinary tract
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Chronic constipation
  • Psychological factors such as insecurity, fear etc.
  • Poor toilet training

Symptoms

  • Inability to control urination while asleep

Treatment
Treatment is required only in children who are over 6 years of age and still cannot control urination. It includes:

  • Emotional support, understanding and encouragement to develop control
  • Bedwetting alarms
  • Certain medications

Prevention

  • Reducing intake of fluids before bedtime
  • Urinating before going to sleep