Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Aldes | 2008-11-14


Six year old son wets his bed often

My son has just turned 6, in october. We have always had a problem with his wetting the bed at night. We had to keep him on night time nappies as he was wetting his bed 3 -4 times a night. Eventually, when he turned 5, we took him off nappies, restricted his fluid intake after 4pm, took him to the loo before bed and during the night, but to no avail. At the momement, we still restrict liquids after 4pm, take him to the loo before bed and yet he still manages to wet the bed twice a night. We have the very occasional dry night or two, but never more than 3 nights in a row, to be followed by more than a week' s wet nights. He also now seems to have quite a few accidents during the day and not necessarily while he is really busy. We feel that by now, the odd wet night is acceptable, but surely this is a bit on the strange side. My daughter, who is now 9, had many bladder infections as a child as well as many accidents during the day and took forever to potty train. At about 3yrs she was seen by a urologist who discovered a membrane fusing her inner labia. the urine then pooled behind this membrane and caused the infections. My son however, is generally healthy, busy, good appetite and no complaints at the moment. Could you advise me further? Please?

Expert's Reply



Your son's bedwetting problem is called enuresis. It is probably not due to a urinary tract infection but is usually due to immature bladder control.Very effective treatment is available for this problem.You have tried the usual simple measures used to deal with enuresis in children. It is now time to take him to be seen by his paediatrican.

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