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Pediatric Urinary Incontinence or Enuresis (Bedwetting)

Key points about enuresis in children

  • Urinary incontinence (enuresis) is the loss of bladder control. In children under age 3, it’s normal to not have full bladder control. As children get older, they become more able to control their bladder.
  • It can happen during the day or at night.
  • It has many possible causes. These include anxiety, constipation, genes, and caffeine.
  • In many cases, it goes away over time and does not need to be treated.
  • If treatment is needed, many methods can help. These include changes in fluid intake, reducing caffeine, and urinating on a schedule.


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