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Is there an anatomical problem involved in bedwetting?
12 doctors weighed in

Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology
5 doctors agree
In brief: No
Unless there is also some daytime urinary incontinence.

In brief: No
Unless there is also some daytime urinary incontinence.
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Dr. Moez Khorsandi
Possibly. Generally not a problem. Need a basic evaluation to rule out obstruction, infection, etc.
Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
5 doctors agree
In brief: Usually not
So-called primary enuresis (never routinely dry) typically runs in families and is more common on males than females.
It is thought to involve slow maturation of part of the brain related to sleep. Secondary enuresis, that is bedwetting in someone who was dry routinely, can involve a physical problem such as a urinary tract infection but more often is stress-related.

In brief: Usually not
So-called primary enuresis (never routinely dry) typically runs in families and is more common on males than females.
It is thought to involve slow maturation of part of the brain related to sleep. Secondary enuresis, that is bedwetting in someone who was dry routinely, can involve a physical problem such as a urinary tract infection but more often is stress-related.
Dr. Glen Elliott
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Unlikely, if a child
A child with primary enuresis (meaning he's always been a bed-wetter) rarely has an anatomical problem. Primary bed-wetting runs in some families, and is a developmental problem that children will outgrow.
If older than 7 years, a child can do a trial of DDAVP (desmopressin) tablets, which may decrease of stop it (after being seen by a pediatrician to make sure there isn't another medical cause for bed-wetting).

In brief: Unlikely, if a child
A child with primary enuresis (meaning he's always been a bed-wetter) rarely has an anatomical problem. Primary bed-wetting runs in some families, and is a developmental problem that children will outgrow.
If older than 7 years, a child can do a trial of DDAVP (desmopressin) tablets, which may decrease of stop it (after being seen by a pediatrician to make sure there isn't another medical cause for bed-wetting).
Dr. Robert Kwok
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