What treatments are recommended for bedwetting ? According to a number of reliable medical sources (Canadian Paediatric Society, Dictionnaire de thérapeutique pédiatrique published by Hôpital Sainte-Justine, etc.), treatment should begin with drug-free conditioning therapy using an alarm. This is the most effective, safe and affordable treatment, with the lowest relapse rate. There are some drugs … Read More
Can we wait until the child stops bedwetting on his own ? Generally, a child will stop bedwetting on his own, with time. In fact, the rate of spontaneous cure (without intervention) is 15% per year, but there is a higher risk (85%) that the child’s bedwetting condition will persist for many years. Therefore, if … Read More
At what age can treatment begin ? By the age of 5, the bladder and the brain, which control urination, should have reached full maturity. Nocturnal enuresis is generally diagnosed at age 5. As soon as the child is sufficiently motivated (even before age 5), and wants to correct the situation, treatment with an alarm … Read More
What is the incidence of nocturnal enuresis ? Nocturnal enuresis is very common in children and usually decreases with age. In general, nocturnal enuresis occurs in more than 15% of 5 year-olds, 8% of 8 year-olds, 3% of 12 year-olds, and 1% of 16 year-olds. Nocturnal enuresis may even continue into adulthood, affecting less than … Read More
Is bedwetting an important health issue ? Although bedwetting has no serious impact on a child’s physical health, it can have serious repercussions on his or her self-esteem, and also home and social life, often preventing the child from going to camp or enjoying sleep-overs. Also, staying wet all night can cause pelvic area irritation … Read More
Is bedwetting hereditary ? Yes, this is a major risk factor for the condition. If one of the parents was a bedwetter, there is a 44% chance that the child will also wet his bed and if both parents wet their beds, the risk increases to 77%. The risk is only 15% without the hereditary … Read More
What causes nocturnal enuresis ? Nocturnal enuresis is rarely associated with an underlying illness, and may be caused by one or more of the following factors: delayed development of urine control, small bladder capacity, deep sleep and resulting difficulty waking, and inadequate production of vasopressin, an antidiuretic hormone.
How long has nocturnal enuresis been around ? The first written records on the subject were found on papyrus dating back to 1500 BC. It was not until the 19th century that we began to understand the causes of nocturnal enuresis and suggest treatments. The first bedwetting alarm was invented by Pfaundler in 1907.
What is nocturnal enuresis ? Commonly referred to as “bedwetting,” nocturnal enuresis is the “unconscious and involuntary emission of urine during sleep.”