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Enuresis Overview

What is enuresis?
A person with enuresis has episodes of accidental urination. Enuresis that occurs at night is called bedwetting, which is extremely common. In most cases, there is no medical or psychological cause for the enuresis. About 10 percent of 6 year old children have enuresis. Most cases of enuresis resolve by the end of puberty. New onset enuresis could be a symptom of a urinary tract infection.

What are the symptoms of enuresis?
The most common symptom of enuresis is bedwetting.

How does the doctor treat enuresis?
Treatment for enuresis may include medications, bedwetting alarms, and avoiding liquids 2 hours prior to bedtime.

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Last Updated: Feb 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Enuresis References
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