Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Fran Winckworth | 2012/04/06


Bed wetting - medication

My Grandson ( 7) wets the bed . He is on DDAVP 0,2 mg and Vesicare 5mg for this. Is this necessary? The side effects I think outweigh the benefits. When he stays with me I just get him up during the night for a wee and he''s fine. He also takes aspen etrizime for allergies - doesn''t this make him sleep very soundly? Thanks

Expert's Reply



Children who wet their beds [known as 'enuresis'] at the age of 7 years are usually embarassed by this problem and may suffer from a loss of self esteem. Children over 5 years of age with enuresis who are school going are often started on treatment such as DDVAP and Vesicare or similar medicines. Obviously these medicines are not continued indefinitely.Your grandson must be followed up regularly by the prescibing doctor and the medicines stopped as soon as possible. All medicines have side effects and the aim of any treatment is to use the safest medicine available with the least, if any adverse side effects.It is probably a good idea to wake your grandson for a wee at night even though he is on this treatment.Etrizine is an antihistamine known as cetirizine. It is a generic form of the original cetirizine known as Zyrtec.This antihistamine should not make him drowsy as it is one of the newer non-sedating antihistamines.

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