Bed Wetting (Child)

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Many factors can trigger a child’s tendency to wet the bed, a behav-ior seen in up to one-fifth of children under the age of 10. Most chil-dren who wet the bed do not have “accidents” during the day.

Your Doctor Visit

What your doctor will ask you about: how often the child wets thebed, if she has “accidents” during the day, if she is excessively hungryor thirsty, if she produces a large amount of urine or has trouble orpain with urination, seizures, numbness, or weakness, emotional ordisciplinary problems, sleeping habits.

Your doctor will want to know if the child or anyone in her fam-ily has had any of these conditions: diabetes, seizures, kidney dis-eases, bed wetting.

Your doctor may ask about the child’s home environment, suchas the birth of a new sibling or other recent changes, and howthe child was toilet-trained.

Your doctor will do a physical examination including the follow-ing: pushing on the child’s abdomen, thorough examination of strength,reflexes, and sensation, tests of the child’s developmental skills.

Cause: Psychological
What is it: Stress or other emotional  problems, such as  difficulty reacting to the birth of a new sibling or other changes, often in children whose families have histories of bed wetting
Typical symptoms: No “accidents” during the  day

Cause: Diabetes or  kidney disease
What is it: These conditions candamage the kidneys
Typical symptoms: Excessive thirst, producing  a large amount of urine,dribbling urine, or havingdifficulty or pain with urination

Cause: Seizures
What is it: Convulsions
Typical symptoms: Seizures that occur prior tobed wetting

Cause: Neurologic  disease
What is it: Abnormalities in the  nervous system
Typical symptoms: Bed wetting is associated  with neurological prob-lems such as mental retardation

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