before bed. Commonly prescribed behavioral methods for treating the problem include:
As a last resort, a doctor may prescribe medication for bedwetting, either for short or long-term use. Some examples are imipramine (an antidepressant), which relaxes the bladder, and desmopressin, a man-made copy of a normal body chemical that controls urine production at night. Although medication usually helps, bedwetting typically resumes once the child stops taking the medicine. As with any drug, it is important to monitor your child's response to the medication.
There are products that parents can buy for school-aged children with enuresis:
There is no reason for punishment if your child wets the bed. Your child cannot help it. Talk to your doctor about treatment options and following these coping tips may help:
According to the National Sleep Foundation's 2003 Sleep in America poll, 14% of preschoolers and 4% of school-age children wet the bed a few nights per week or more and 21% of preschoolers and 7% of school-aged children do so once a week or more.
Reviewed by Jodi A. Mindell, Ph.D., June