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Is there a gentle way to treat bedwetting?

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Dr. George Klauber
Pediatrics - Urology
7 doctors agree

In brief: 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).

In brief: 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).
Dr. George Klauber
Dr. George Klauber
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5 doctors agree

In brief: Alatms

Bed wetting will resolve on its own, eventually.
You can try a bed wetting alarm. Which, may help it resolve sooner. They can be purchased on line. There is also a medication that can help provide dry nights, but will not treat it.

In brief: Alatms

Bed wetting will resolve on its own, eventually.
You can try a bed wetting alarm. Which, may help it resolve sooner. They can be purchased on line. There is also a medication that can help provide dry nights, but will not treat it.
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
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2 comments
Dr. Anna Meyer
there can be treatable causes of bedwetting. I can only speak to the ENT-related causes. If your child snores, they may have sleep disruptions or obstructive sleep apnea that can cause bed-wetting. I suggest seeing your pediatrician for a full evaluation of the bedwetting.
Dr. Nguyen Nguyen
Assuming that it is bedwetting without any identifiable cause as above, the first step to successful treatment is to transfer the responsibility to the child: I mean applying a "logical consequence" to the event (not a punishment, so it is gentle). Since he or she wets the bed, it is up to him/her to change the bedding, put the soiled ones into the washing machine, dry and fold them back each day
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Natural treatment

May want to try hypnosis.
Very effective, no meds, restrictions, and very satisfying to the child.

In brief: Natural treatment

May want to try hypnosis.
Very effective, no meds, restrictions, and very satisfying to the child.
Dr. Harris Lilienfeld
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Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics

In brief: Depends on the age

Bedwetting is rather common in childhood; about 20% of 5 year olds still wet at night.
Often there is a strong family history. For age 6 and under, restrict fluids 2 hours before bed, get them up about 90 min after going to sleep to use the toilet, try and keep the bedding dry, have them involved in cleanup. From 7 and up, alarms have a 75% cure rate if used routinely.

In brief: Depends on the age

Bedwetting is rather common in childhood; about 20% of 5 year olds still wet at night.
Often there is a strong family history. For age 6 and under, restrict fluids 2 hours before bed, get them up about 90 min after going to sleep to use the toilet, try and keep the bedding dry, have them involved in cleanup. From 7 and up, alarms have a 75% cure rate if used routinely.
Dr. Mark Patterson
Dr. Mark Patterson
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