Enuresis in your children : Everything you need to know

Cheena M Gujral
3 to 7 years

Created by Cheena M Gujral
Updated on Jul 31, 2018

Enuresis in your children Everything you need to know

The recalls of wet bed in middle of the night still disturbs me when I used to wake up in dark and changed my son's clothes.However that habit or I can say disorder has been outgrown, but it made me well verse with the fact that timely handling of this issue is very important.

What is enuresis?

Urinary incontinence is loss of bladder control, when  a child is unable to hold urine and passes it in clothes or in bed. This is normal in kids under age of 3 as they are quite young to understand the urge to urinate. Although, when this happens with children above 5 years of age, it is enuresis.

Types of Enuresis and its causes?

  1. Nocturnal Enuresis: This is the most commonly found disorder, when a child does the wetting in night.

Causes: If we talk about reasons for this type of urinary inconsistency, it could be generic without any major reasons. Still study explains few causes of night bed wetting.

  • Anxiety or stress in child can make him/her loss the control on bladder. This leads to passing urine anyplace other than washroom.
  • Deep sleepers are more known as bed wetters.
  • Constipated child can wet the bed as it pressurises the bladder.
  • Urinary tract infections can also be a reason.
  • Family history also indicates the passing of this disorder in kids from generations.
  • Irregular washroom habits and drinking habits can urge the child to lose the bladder control.

2. Diurnal Enuresis: This is a concerned problem when the child urinates in clothes during day.


  • Anxiety or fear using the toilet or stress in child's life can trigger this problem.
  • Irregular washroom habits and no toilet training can lead to day time wetting.
  • Not emptying the bladder fully at each toilet visit, can trouble the child to frequently urinate.
  • Overactive bladder can make child completely lose the charge over it.

3. Primary Enuresis: This is an initial phase when child has not mastered the technique to control the bladder.

4. Secondary Enuresis :When the dry and wet days come randomly. Once child gains the control and later start wetting again.


  • Underdevelopment can be a reason for this lost control in children.
  • Hormonal factors or genetics could be accountable.
  • Constipation or sleeping issues are always a general factor in wetting.

Signs and symptoms of Enuresis.

There are no major signs or complications in enuresis, except  that your child is regular in wetting clothes or bed, twice a week for almost couple of months.

Sometimes abrupt physical, emotional or behavioral changes can hint towards changes in your child's lifestyle.

Treatment of enuresis.

Since it's a common problem so initial care can help bring child to normal habits

  • Bladder training is one of the most effective treatment. Scheduled visits to washroom and bladder exercises, helps in controlling muscles.
  • Night waking schedule and practise is very good that will adapt child to a healthy routine.
  • Changing timings of fluid intake is successful in many cases.
  • Avoiding caffeine, cola and chocolates are medically beneficial.
  • Counselling and therapies work well in improving emotional or behavioral quotient of child.

Parental help and guidance is the best remedy we can talk about in such scenarios. Don't scold or blame your child for this disorder. Eventually everyone over grows this with right age. So be attentive with the signs, comfort  him/her to adjust and overcome.

Study says girls get early control on bladder than boys and only 1 percent of kids are left untreatable. So a positive approach is all what enuresis demands for.

Catch hold on it before it control your child's bladder.

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