Bed-wetting 2

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

For most children, bed-wetting resolves on its own without treatment. For those who do need treatment, there are several options. Dr. Edward Hill discusses these treatment options in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Most children outgrow bed-wetting without treatment. However, if you and your doctor decide your child needs treatment, there are two basic types: behavioral therapy and medicine.

Behavioral therapy helps teach your child not to wet the bed. Some behavioral treatments include:

Limiting fluids before bedtime and avoiding drinks with caffeine

Having your child use the bathroom at regular intervals during the day

Using an alarm system that rings when the bed gets wet and teaches the child to respond to bladder fullness at night

Asking your child to change the bed sheets when he or she wets

Creating a reward system for certain behaviors, like having a dry night or waking to the alarm and then urinating, and

Bladder training which includes having your child practice holding his or her urine for longer and longer times

The most common medicine used for bed-wetting is desmopressin. It helps the kidneys make less urine. It can be used every night or just for nights of important events, such as sleepovers.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.