Children & Bedwetting

Find information and advice on bedwetting and incontinence in children (enuresis) with common causes, symptoms and treatment.

What to do if your child wets the bed

Punishing your child for bedwetting will only worsen these cases. In the final of a three-part Health24 series on enuresis, here are some tips to help parents with children who wet themselves.

Bedwetting accidents: When parents kill...

Bedwetting is common in kids but, as the case of the Bloemhof man who beat a child to death for wetting herself shows, this normal phase can drive parents to kill. In this three-part series, Health24 takes a look at why this happens and finds that punishment for enuresis is all too real.

Hormone tied to bedwetting

An imbalance in a hormone-like substance called prostaglandin could explain tough-to-treat bedwetting in some children, Danish researchers report.

Why do children wet their beds?

Children who wet their bed are not lazy, naughty or disobedient, and there is a probable cause for this condition, experts say, in a second edition of a three-part Health24 series on enuresis.

Enuresis (bedwetting)

Enuresis (bedwetting) is generally defined as the persistence of inappropriate urination.

Bedwetters not good performers

Children who regularly wet the bed at night score worse on multiple measures of cognitive performance than do non-bedwetting children.

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Prenevin Govender completed his MBChB at the University of Cape Town in 2001. He obtained his Fellowship of the College of Urologists in 2009 and graduated with distinction for a Masters in Medicine from the University of Cape Town in 2010. His special interests include laparoscopic, pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence surgery. He consults full-time at Life Kingsbury Hospital in Claremont.

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