Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Frances Hughes | 2011-04-04

Q.

BEDWETTING AND RECENT RELATED SYMPTOMS

Hi,
My seven year old has been wetting her bed since she went of nappies and only has problems during the night. During the day she is able to go to the toliet on her own and is quite cable to manage at school etc. I have tried many things from diet, stopping her fluid intake at a certain hour and now eventually putting her on imipramine (generic verson as it is cheaper) and she takes 4 tablets every night at 7.30pm. She has been on it for about 6 months now and I find that some nights she still wets the bed. I have also noticed recently her temper and her tolerance levels have become quite bad and she gets very upset about things and makes a big issue about such little things. She also suffers baddle from skin irritations on the face and mouth area. Then yesterday when I was brushing her hair I noticed a large patch of dry yellowish sking (which to me looks like craddle cap) but when I looked it up I get confused as it keeps bring up the word " Seborrhea"  this to me might be similar but I am unsure. I really am at my wits end and feel that I am making my child sick by actually trying tohelp her, what do I do. Regards, Distaught mom!

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

This is a very good question. Your daughter has a bedwetting problem called enuresis. She is on a fairly high dose of imipramine which is usually used as an anti-depressant but is also used to treat children with enuresis. Her mood swings and bad temper are almost certainly due to the imipramine and probably also her scalp rash, which is seborrhoea.Also her rash on her face and around her mouth. Imipramine is known to cause a dry mouth as a side effect and your daughter may be licking her lips due to her dry mouth which leads to this kind of rash. Your daughter should stop taking the imipramine as she cannot tolerate this medicine.It is very important to gradually stop taking this medicine, reducing the dose by one tablet at a time over a period of about a week.Speak to your paediatrician about this. There are several other treatments available for enuresis.

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Posted by: Rosalina Brown | 2011-04-20

Hello. I have a twelve year old son, that was born premature. He is still wetting the bed and I''m really having a hard time trying to figure out why.... he does have headaches, but so do I  the doctor states it might run in the family(headaches)...but he also has problems falling asleep at night, as he did when he was younger. He was born with a heart murmor and was on a heart machine, and I also had a sleep study done on him years ago which indicated he has slight seizures in his sleep..I''m having test done on him now, cause the problems still exsit to this day. What else should I do? How can I truly help my child? Please give me advice on what I should do.

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