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When is bedwetting abnormal?

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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Dr. George Klauber
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Bedwetting (Definition)

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% ...Read more


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Horrific headaches, foot/calve numbness, adultonset bedwetting, 5mm non enhancing WML on MRI, abnormal EEG, Do you think these things are all related?

Horrific headaches, foot/calve numbness, adultonset bedwetting, 5mm non enhancing WML on MRI, abnormal EEG, Do you think these things are all related?

Seen neurologist?: These could be related, suggest you review these symptoms with my good friend Dr Saghafi - he is an adult neurologist and is the perfect person to discuss this with ASAP. Make sure you look him up in Concierge, he can see you as a patient if you would like more answers. ...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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How to avoid bedwetting?

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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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

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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?

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