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Childhood-diseases

Question
Posted by: MommmyA | 2018/12/08

Q.

Bathroom problems

Hi My son is 12 yrs old. He has had bed wetting problems off and on since he was young. He always complains that he feels as if his bladder leaks. We took him to the Dr a few months ago. They did blood tests, ultrasound and x-ray. Everything was normal except some constipation shown on X Ray. The Dr prescribed medication for the bed wetting he took the tablets for a few weeks but he still wet the bed. We have however realized that waking him in the middle of the night to go to bathroom was much effective. Now the problem is that when he goes to the toilet he takes so long in the toilet as he always thinks the urine is dripping after. He uses so much tissue to keep dry and I realized that the rubbing has actually caused bleeding on the private part and upper thighs. He always believes that the water from the toilet splashed back on to him and considers himself to be dirty thereafter, so he takes a shower at least three times a day too. He is also unable to wear underwear as he feels that it’s too tight. He is otherwise healthy. Is this just a psychological problem? What can we do? Thanks

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician
- 2018/12/11

This is a very, very big problem for your son. Imagine if the boys in his class  at school found out that he still wets his bed at 12 years. No wonder that he is so psychologically stressed. Bed wetting is known as enuresis. It is possible that your son has a urinary infection in addition to his original bed wetting problem. It is absolutely necessary that he is seen by an expert in paediatric urology ASAP. Please take the results of all his tests and previous prescriptions with you when you see the urologist. Unfortunately it may be difficult to get an urgent appointment at this time of the year.

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