Beating the Bed-wetting Blues
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Is your children one of the 10% of all children over the age of 6 who has serious bed-wetting problems? Coping with this problem can be difficult and expensive. Pediatrician Steven Parker, MD joined us on Aug. 3, 2005 to answer your questions.
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Usually bed-wetting is not a sign of a medical or psychological problem so there is no real time we need to be concerned. I think the question is more when we decide to try to do something about it and help the child to achieve dryness at night.
The first order of business is to make sure there's no medical problem, which is usually the case; usually kids are perfectly healthy. In fact, we don't know why they are still wetting the bed except that probably it runs in some families and the child is just slow in maturing in the areas that allow kids to be dry at night.
When there's primary enuresis, which was not the case with your child, usually we don't have concerns about a medical problem or stress causing it, but rather it's a problem with immaturity of the nervous system.
On the other hand, if there is secondary enuresis and the child has been dry for a while, we know that he or she is capable of being dry and wonder what might be causing the recurrence of the wetness. In that case it's especially important to look for a medical problem. Stress can also be an inducer for the enuresis to recur.
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