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Urinary Incontinence (Enuresis)

What is urinary incontinence (enuresis)?

Urinary incontinence (enuresis) is a medical name for bedwetting, or the accidental urination in children who should be developmentally able to have control of their bladders. Girls usually have bladder control before boys do. The diagnosis of enuresis is for girls over the age of 5 and for boys over the age of 6 that are still having urinary control problems. There are different types of bedwetting that may occur, including the following:

Facts about urinary incontinence (enuresis):

What causes urinary incontinence?

There are many factors that may be involved, and many theories that are given for why children wet. The following is a list of some of the possible reasons for the problem:

How is urinary incontinence (enuresis) diagnosed?

Urinary incontinence (enuresis) is usually diagnosed based on a complete medical history and physical examination of your child. In addition to talking with you and the child, your child's physician may perform the following to help rule out other causes for the wetting:

Treatment for urinary incontinence (enuresis):

Specific treatment for enuresis will be determined by your child's physician based on:

Prior to starting treatment, it is important to know that:

Treatment may include:

In addition, counseling of the child and family may help to determine any stress the child may be under. Strategies for reducing your child's stress will be discussed.

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