It is called enuresis when a boy or girl who knows how to go to the bathroom and has bladder control has urinary accidents during the day and wet the bed at night.
It is not considered abnormal until the age of 5 years and it is not cause for serious alarm that a child has wet the bed.
Enuresis is a delay in the development of the normal nocturnal bladder control process. However, there is no single known cause for the condition. This condition will usually resolve on its own without intervention, however it can be a very difficult problem for children as they get older and spend more time away from home, for example at sleepovers or overnight camping.
It can cause anxiety, embarrassment, and withdrawal for the child in social situations.
There is some evidence of a genetic link, which means that if a child’s mother or father wet the bed after the age of 7, the child is more likely to wet the bed.
It is diagnosed by clinical presentation and history. There are no tests or radiology involved in the diagnosis. It is important to seek medical attention if bedwetting begins to interfere with social interactions or the child’s emotional state.
Through a conversation with the father and the child. We identify factors that motivate being dry at night, as well as individual development, which may play a role in treatment success.
Treatment includes behavior modification as well as conditioning therapy.
Behavior modification includes promoting good urinary habits during the day, decreasing the risk of constipation, restricting fluids 1-2 hours before bedtime, and eliminating fluids and foods that irritate the bladder or are diuretic (i.e., carbonation, liquids with high in sugar and caffeine).
Conditioning therapy includes setting a bedwetting alarm, which helps teach the brain and bladder to communicate more effectively. In some selective patients, medications can reduce the amount of urine produced at night and may be helpful.
We educate on the cause of the condition, as well as behavior modifications and motivational techniques to help achieve success.
Our urology team is committed to helping you and your child achieve success with interventions.
Dr. Fabián Sánchez Sagástegui. pediatric urologist
Surgeon and Obstetrician, graduated from the Faculty of Medicine of the Autonomous University of
Nuevo Leon (UANL).
Medical Specialization in Pediatrics, graduated from the National Institute of Pediatrics and endorsed by the
National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).
Homologation of the official University degree of Bachelor of Medicine before the Ministry of Science
and Innovation, Spain.
Training stay in Pediatric Urology carried out in the Pediatric Urology Service of the Hospital
Universitario La Paz, Madrid, Spain, endorsed by the Ministry of Health and Social Policy.
Associate Professor of the Postgraduate Course of High Specialty in Medicine (Pediatric Urology).
National Institute of Pediatrics, endorsed by UNAM.
Associate professor in the specialization course in Pediatric Surgery, National Institute of Pediatrics.
Editor Member of the International Journal of Clinical Urology.