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Bed Wetting

Bed wetting, also known as nighttime incontinence or nocturnal enuresis, is not a sign of toilet training gone bad. It is often just a developmental stage. Bed wetting is by far, most common in children, but has also been seen in adults, especially the elderly.

Children who have never been dry at night are considered to have primary enuresis. Children who begin to wet the bed after at least six months of dry nights are considered to have secondary enuresis.

Generally, bed wetting before age six or seven isn't cause for concern. At this age, nighttime bladder control simply may not be established. If bed wetting continues, treat the problem with patience and understanding. Bladder training, moisture alarms or medication may help.

Causes of Bed Wetting

No one knows for sure what causes bed-wetting, but various factors may play a role:

  • A small bladder
  • Inability to recognize a full bladder
  • A hormone imbalance
  • Stress
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Sleep apnea
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic constipation
  • Anatomical defect

Although bed wetting is common with children, if you are concerned about this disorder contact the SSM Center for Sleep Disorders and we will evaluate the circumstances, diagnose the cause and recommend treatment, if needed.

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