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Nocturnal Enuresis

I Can Control

The medical term for not being able to control your pee is called enuresis. Enuresis is also called involuntary urination. The term is mostly used in children and rare occasions with adults. The term functional enuresis refers to the repeated involuntary voiding of urine after an age at which continence i usual at three years old in absence of any identifiable physical cause.

 Nocturnal enuresis is involuntary urination that happens at night while sleeping, commonly called as bed-wetting. Most frequently seen in males.

Involuntary urination that happens during the day is known as diurnal enuresis and most frequently seen in females.

 Most of us think of nocturnal enuresis as something that happens to little kids. But this problem affects about 1–2 out of every 100 teens.


Nocturnal enuresis is more common than diurnal enuresis and can cause sadness and stress to the child, especially if the parents blame or punish the child.  Further sadness or stress can occur because of the limitation bed wetting imposes on social activities and holidays.

The emotional impact of bed-wetting:

Bed-wetting may have an emotional impact on both children and their families.


 Children may get embarrassed, feel anxious, or develop low self-esteem. This can affect their relationships, quality of life, and schoolwork.


 Children with bed-wetting problems may feel like they cannot go to sleepovers with their friends. Siblings may have to sleep in separate rooms or be woken up when the parent or bed-wetting alarm wakes the affected child. Family members may have the extra work of cleaning the dirty sheets and clothes.

How Is Enuresis Treated?

- Manage what you eat and drink before bed,

- Imagine yourself dry,

- Use bed-wetting alarms,

- Behavioural technique,

- Direct suggestion,

- Analytical Approach


 It is very important to remember that bed-wetting is not your child's fault or not under his or her control.  Family members and friends should not shame or punish the childInstead, focus on working with your therapist to figure out the cause and taking steps that can help NOW!

Nocturnal Enuresis: Services & Goals
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