Bedwetting (Nocturnal Enuresis): Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 9/10/2019

Bedwetting (nocturnal enuresis) refers to the process of urinating by accident during sleep. Bedwetting is believed to be related to a problem in the brain that prevents recognition of nerve signals sent by the full bladder to the sleep arousal centers of the brain. The reason it occurs is not well understood. Some researchers believe that children with sleep disordered breathing are more likely to wet the bed. It is not considered to be an emotional condition. The medical term for bedwetting is enuresis.

Symptoms of bedwetting include finding urine (pee) in the bed linens upon awakening or waking up as one is beginning to wet the bed. Children with bedwetting do not wake up from sleep when there is a need to urinate.

Other bedwetting (nocturnal enuresis) symptoms and signs

  • Urinating While Sleeping


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