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Dr. George Klauber
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Bedwetting (Overview)

Children that urinate involuntarily during the nighttime have bedwetting, this is something that 15% of children >5yo can still do. By 10yo 95% of children are dry at night. Less than 1% have an underlying condition.


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What can cause bedwetting in adults?

What can cause bedwetting in adults?

UTI, small bladder &: Diabetes melitus, reverse circadian rythmn (producing more urine at night than by day. Diabetes insipidus, renal or central where kidneys lose ability to concentrate urine & thus too much urine is produced. Multiple sclerosis, neurogenic bladder dysfunction. All are among causes. Suggest you see a urologist. ...Read more

Dr. George Klauber
96 Doctors shared insights

Bedwetting (Overview)

Children that urinate involuntarily during the nighttime have bedwetting, this is something that 15% of children >5yo can still do. By 10yo 95% of children are dry at night. Less than 1% have an underlying condition.


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Could late childhood bed-wetting mean you have a higher chance of becoming an adult bed-wetter later in life?

Could late childhood bed-wetting mean you have a higher chance of becoming an adult bed-wetter later in life?

Who know?: Good question! But, do we need to worry a common life event of so many decades apart? So, it's hard to find a study to answer your question. Theoretically, one may assume "yes" as your answer because bed wetting at young results from delayed maturity & adaptation of nerve system, leading to be "less perfect" than others; so aging + "less perfect" = more so at older age. This is a thesis; you... ...Read more

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Is there a gentle way to treat bedwetting?

Is there a gentle way to treat bedwetting?

Yes: 1) restrict all fluids after evening meal. 2) try waking a couple of hours after going to bed. 3) try a bedwetting alarm 4) desmopressin (ddavp) medication at night. 4) avoid urodynamic studies or cystoscopy. 5) possibly long acting anticholinergic medication if subject has a small functional bladder capacity. 6) Imipramine (tofranil). ...Read more

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Does bedwetting stop by itself or it needs any treatment?

Does bedwetting stop by itself or it needs any treatment?

May be. ...: By history, you get primary enuresis suggesting the function of your nighttime bladder control fails to reach its full maturity. But, these are what may help: stop oral fluid intake 4-6 hrs before sleep; avoid coffee or caffeine-related drinks 6-8 hrs before sleep; meditate for 3-5 minutes regularly to reinforce...; set alarm clock to wake you up to void before the usual time of bedwetting; and... ...Read more

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My 6 year child do bed wetting at night. Is there any cure for this? If yes, wot medicine is effective in this case?

My 6 year child do bed wetting at night. Is there any cure for this? If yes, wot medicine is effective in this case?

Yes but not meds: Medicines will stop the bed wetting but it will start back up as soon as the meds are stopped. Hypnosis is usually effective at this age. ...Read more

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How can I prevent adult bedwetting?

How can I prevent adult bedwetting?

Bed wetting: Bed wetting in an adult can be a serious problem and should be evaluated by your doctor. Bring a detail list of your medication / precise outline of medical & surgical hx to your visit along w a detail diary documenting when the leakage occur along w fluid intake will help w your visit. Www. Peedoc. Com @drhtay. ...Read more

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Are there any prescription drugs that can be used for bedwetting in a young child (8yo)?

Yes-try retrain 1st: Your child is old enough for medication, but best try other methods first like restricting fluids after supper and taking to toilet after couple of hrs. Best proven cure is bedwetting alarm. This attaches to underpants and buzzes +/or vibrates to wake child. In time child "hears" alarm before it goes off and they either wake or hold it in. Meds are; demopressin (ddavp), Imipramine or oxybutininer. ...Read more

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My son is 8 diagnosed with ADHD and on meds. He is having bed wetting issues and taking desmopressin. 2mg 3 tablets nightly still no luck! Suggestions?

My son is 8 diagnosed with ADHD and on meds. He is having bed wetting issues and taking desmopressin. 2mg 3 tablets nightly still no luck! Suggestions?

Several: Alternatives include Imipramine, a tricyclic antidepressant given before bed. Been used for decades. Also there are alarm pads that signal if even a drop of urine is passed. Make sure to limit fluids after dinner. Make sure he goes to the bathroom before bed. You might consider getting him up to use the bathroom before you go to bed. ...Read more

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How to avoid bedwetting?

Alarms, timed voids: Bed wetting is a common problem that almost always resolves. There are options such as alarm systems and timed voiding which can be tried at home. For occasions such as a sleepover when a patient may need to guarantee they will stay dry, there is a medication that can be used. Your doctor can help assess for medical causes of bed wetting and give advice on using the other options mentioned here. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get ddavp (desmopressin) for bedwetting out of a child's system?

How long does it take to get ddavp (desmopressin) for bedwetting out of a child's system?

Hours: Ddavp (desmopressin) is a fast acting medication. It must be given each night to see an effect on bed wetting. Its effect is usually completely gone within 6 to 8 hours after administration. ...Read more

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I've had frequent bedwetting till about 15 yrs old and still have occasional accidents. Can it be more than just genetics or i'll grow out of it given my medical history? Should I see a doctor?

Should see a doctor: Bed wetting or nocturnal eneuresis after age 10 is considered abnormal. Most girls stay dry at night by age 6 and most boys, by age 7. By age 10, 95% of both girls and boys stay dry at night during sleep. Only, in 5-10% of casese, the cause is a medical condition. In most cases, a family history and a history of developmental delays/problems ; psychological issues are important causes. Thx. ...Read more

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How to stop bedwetting?

How to stop bedwetting?

Very difficult: Bedwetting (enuresis) indicates that the control mechanisms of the automatic (autonomic) nervous system are irritable. This can be induced easily by poor diet, particularly the intake of sugar. Voluntary control comes with normal maturation (i.e. Growing up) and that demands good body/brain chemistry. ...Read more

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When is bedwetting abnormal?

Usually never: Isolated bedwetting is rarely "abnormal" but it can be very socially stigmatizing. Bedwetting occurs in normal people at rates of 15% of 5 y/o, 5% of 10 y/o, and 1% of 18 y/o.

It is considered abnormal if it recurs after a prolonged absence (no wetting for more than 6 months) or if it associated with any other neurologic problem, urinary infections, pain, daytime incontinence, etc. ...Read more

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What can cause bedwetting in adults?

UTI, small bladder &: Diabetes melitus, reverse circadian rythmn (producing more urine at night than by day. Diabetes insipidus, renal or central where kidneys lose ability to concentrate urine & thus too much urine is produced. Multiple sclerosis, neurogenic bladder dysfunction. All are among causes. Suggest you see a urologist. ...Read more

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What can be done for teenage bedwetting?

What can be done for teenage bedwetting?

The following: 1st restrict fluid intake after supper or early evening. Best chance for cure is bedwetting alarm, this is a device inducing a conditioning reflex. Child should be woken if he/she does not wake with alarm. In time child will percieve sensation of bladder fullness, like during the day, to which brain fails to respond in bedwetters. Ddavp (desmopressin) used as stop gap measure to reduce nocturnal urine production. ...Read more

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Are some people more prone to bedwetting?

Boys more than girls: Girls tend to achieve night-time dryness earlier than boys and hence boys are more prone to bedwetting than girls. Bedwetting is uncommon in adults, however is > common in women than in men. Children with developmental delay, down syndrome, diabetes insipidus and following bladder reconstructive surgery are all more prone to bedwetting. ...Read more

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Is there a gentle way to treat bedwetting?

Yes: 1) restrict all fluids after evening meal. 2) try waking a couple of hours after going to bed. 3) try a bedwetting alarm 4) desmopressin (ddavp) medication at night. 4) avoid urodynamic studies or cystoscopy. 5) possibly long acting anticholinergic medication if subject has a small functional bladder capacity. 6) Imipramine (tofranil). ...Read more

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What's an effective bedwetting medication?

Bed wetting alarm: The safest most effective means of treating mono symptomatic bed wetting is the enuresis alarm. It has no side effects, requires no monthly copays, and never expires. It will cure about 85% of pts who awaken. Ddavp (desmopressin) is the most commonly prescribed medication for this condition and is relatively safe but can lead to water intoxication and electrolyte abnormalities among other side effects. ...Read more

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What can I do to address adult bedwetting?

Consult urologist.: In mean time get urine tested for infection or presence of sugar (to rule out diabetes) stop drinking after dinner. Set an alrm for 2 - 3 hours after you go to bed. Try a bedwetting alarm (malem, wet stop, nytone etc). You might need medication such as desmopressin or a bladder anticholinergic such as oxybutinin er, detrol, vesicare (solifenacin) etc. However still consult with urologist. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to stop bedwetting again?

Can you tell me how to stop bedwetting again?

See your doctor: For evaluation. Urinary tract infections, diabetes, hormonal issues, and neurologic conditions would be some considerations that require treatment in a 46 year old with urinary incontinence or enuresis. ...Read more

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Do you know any pill that can stop bedwetting?

Adult or child?: Bedwetting alarm is the most effective long-term cure for bedwetting in child age>7-yrs + stop fluids after evening meal. 3 types of pill used:- 1) evening DDAVP pills 1 - 3 x 0.2mg reduces urine production at night. 2) long-acting anticholinergic meds like Oxybutynin er, Detrol la, vesicare (solifenacin) etc. Increase functionla bladder capacity. 3)imipramine reduces depth of sleep + is a mild anticholinergic. ...Read more

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What is a good way to help a child stop bedwetting?

Depends upon age +: Motivation. 1) stop fluids after supper, 2) toilet about 2 hours aftr bed, this involves waking & is ok, 3) keep a wetting diary + star chart for dry nights. 4)bedwetting alarm, this trains brain to reacto "full or need to urinate, nerve signals from bladder.5) if older than 7-years, and above not working, consult with dr. With enuresis interest, pediatrician, family dr. Or pediatric urologist. ...Read more

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Key to dealing with adult bedwetting during the day?

See a urologist: Bedwetting refers to wetting during sleep. Daytime wetting is urinary incontinence. Key to dealing with this problem is to diagose cause, then treat appropriately. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Bedwetting?

Nocturnal Enuresis: Children that urinate involuntarily during the nighttime have bedwetting, this is something that 15% of children >5yo can still do. By 10yo 95% of children are dry at night. Less than 1% have an underlying condition. ...Read more

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What age can a child be put on medicine for bedwetting?

A CAREFUL EVAL: A careful evaluation is in order.
Bedwetting in an older child may be a sign of stress. Family situation should be evaluated (in older child school also). Or the young child may be devekopmentally normal. You want to be clear about why you approach bedwetting with meds. ...Read more

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Is bedwetting such a big deal? Depends seem pretty good.

To each their own: They are ok if depends are ok with you. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is a good recommended way to help a child stop bedwetting?

What is a good recommended way to help a child stop bedwetting?

Bedwetting alarms: These have been shown to be very effective in helping stop bedwetting. Other ideas are to lessen the amount of fluid your child drinks before bed, or to have scheduled awakenings during the night and take a trip to the bathroom. Talk to your pediatrician to make sure there is not a medical condition causing the bedwetting. ...Read more

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How long should I be dry before I know my bedwetting is finally over?

6 weeks: This is the advice given to my patients. Best to continue treatment until dry for six weeks. Then try and discontinue bedwetting alarm, if used. Your dr. Might suggest that you taper medications, if these are responsible for making yoy dry. ...Read more

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I'm 18 but have an occasional bedwetting problem. Who do I see about it?

I'm 18 but have an occasional bedwetting problem. Who do I see about it?

Family Dr. First: You need a routine urine test to begin with. Try not to drink anything after 7 P.M., and avoid caffeine and alcohol if used. Keep a wetting diary to chart fluid intake + wet & dry nights. Family dr. May feel comfortable managing the problem. Otherwise a urologist can help yopu. Good luck. ...Read more