What Is Nocturnal Enuresis?

Occasional bedwetting is normal for children, but if your child is continuously wetting the bed, your child could have a condition known as nocturnal enuresis. Your pediatrician can help. Dr. Stephen Canon, Dr. Honor Canon, and Dr. Danielle Sweeney at Vamio in both Arkansas and Texas provide convenient telehealth appointments to treat nocturnal enuresis.

What You Need To Know About Nocturnal Enuresis

Bed wetting is common in children under age 7, who haven’t fully mastered bladder control. If your child is over the age of 7 and still wetting the bed, it can be an embarrassing situation for your child, leading to missing out on important social activities like sleepovers.

If your child continues to wet the bed, it’s a good idea to have your child evaluated to determine if there is an underlying condition that is causing bed wetting. There are several reasons why your child might be wetting the bed. Nocturnal enuresis could be due to your child having:

  • A small bladder, which can’t hold enough urine
  • An inability to control a full bladder, due to deep sleep
  • A hormonal imbalance due to insufficient production of anti-diuretic hormone
  • A urinary tract infection, causing an inability to control passing urine
  • Sleep apnea, which can cause interrupted sleep patterns
  • Diabetes, which can lead to passing large amounts of urine at one time

If your child continues bed wetting, you should call the doctors at Vamio Health for a consultation. Convenient telemedicine appointments allow the doctor to treat your child in the comfort of your home.

During your child’s consultation, the doctor will discuss your child’s symptoms, amount of fluid intake, family medical history, and other factors. The doctor may also order urine tests to check for diabetes or signs of a urinary tract infection. Imaging studies may also be ordered to check for structural abnormalities in the bladder and surrounding areas.

After a comprehensive evaluation, your doctor may recommend:

A moisture alarm is a battery-operated device attached to pajamas or bedding. The moisture alarm signals when your child first passes urine, so your child can wake in time to get to the bathroom.

Medications include desmopressin, which can reduce urine production at night, or oxybutynin, which reduces bladder contractions to allow the bladder to hold more urine.

Want To Know More?

To learn more about the causes and treatment of nocturnal enuresis, talk with the experts. Call Dr. Stephen Canon, Dr. Honor Canon, and Dr. Danielle Sweeney at Vamio in both Arkansas and Texas through a telemedicine appointment. Fill out a request online to schedule a consultation for your child.