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Bed-wetting (Nocturnal Enuresis)

Bed-wetting (Nocturnal Enuresis)


Simply speaking bed-wetting is urination during sleep. Every child is different, and each child learns bladder control at a different age. Children younger than 4 often wet their beds or clothes, because they can’t yet control their bladder and stop the urination. But by age 5 or 6 most get a control and stay dry throughout the night.

Bed-wetting is defined as a child age 5 or older wetting the bed at least 1 or 2 times a week over at least 3 months. In some cases, the child has been wetting the bed all along.

Causes:

  • A small bladder
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Inability to recognise full bladder
  • Sleep apnea
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic constipation

Symptoms: Bed-wetting before 7 years is not a concern. At this age, your child may still be developing night-time bladder control

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