Pediatric Bedwetting (Nocturnal Enuresis)

Pediatric Bedwetting (Nocturnal Enuresis)

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Summary

Generally, bedwetting, or nocturnal enuresis in children under age 7 is not a cause for concern and is a normal part of developing overnight bladder control.

Expanded overview

In most cases, children under age 7 who have bedwetting episodes is not a cause for concern. Bedwetting – or nocturnal enuresis – in children age 7 and younger is a normal part of developing overnight bladder control. If your child is age 7 or older and still regularly wets the bed, you should seek the guidance of a pediatric specialist.

Causes

The exact cause is unknown, but there are many factors that can make bedwetting worse including:

Diagnosis and Testing

Treatment

  • Modification of voiding habits
  • Treatment for constipation or stool retention
  • Biofeedback
  • Medication

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