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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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
To each their own: They are ok if depends are ok with you. Good luck. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends...: Bedwetting is present in 10% of 6 year olds, 5% of 10 year olds and ~1% of teenagers. Simple treatment is decreasing afternoon/evening fluid intake, emptying bladder before bed, avoiding constipation, and avoiding bladder irritating drinks (water is best). Medications and bed-alarms are available. If daytime issues as well (urine leaks, urgency, frequency, infections) then see your doctor. ...Read more
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