Published on Apr 17, 2018 and last reviewed on Sep 07, 2018 - 2 min read
Bedwetting can have a deep physical and psychological impact on your child's health and development. Not only the child but it leads to frustration among all the family members. This article discusses various causes of bedwetting in your child and what questions should be answered by the caregiver for proper evaluation of the problem.
Bedwetting or nocturnal enuresis is a common condition in newborns and young children where there is an accidental passage of urine during sleep. At 6 years of age, about 15 % of the children still wet the bed. Expert advice should usually be sought only if the child is more than 6 years old as many children gain control spontaneously and treatment is usually not indicated before the age of 6.
1. Heavy sleeper: a child who does not awaken to the stimulation to void.
2. Nocturnal polyuria: the urine production is more than 130 % of EBC (expected bladder capacity). EBC = 30 ml + (age in years x 30). It is common in sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), heart ailments, metabolic problems, and excess nocturnal fluid and solute intake.
3. Small bladder capacity: look for maximum voided volume during the day, which will be less than 50 % of EBC. In this case, a voiding diary is to be made by the caregiver of the child.
4. Overactive bladder/neurogenic bladder: In practice, a very small percentage of children may have this.
5. Genetic: If one of the parents had a similar illness, 50 % of the children will have it. If both the parents have a similar history, 75 % of the children will have it.
How Can You Help Your Child?
Questions Your Child's Doctor Might Ask You
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