Enuresis (Bed wetting) Definitions


Enuresis is involuntary urination after the age by which bladder control should have been established.. It may occur at any time of the day or night.

Nocturnal Enuresis

The medical term "nocturnal enuresis" also known as bed wetting is the involuntary urination while asleep at night. In children, nocturnal enuresis or bed wetting occurs after the age of 5 to 6 years old at which time bladder control would normally be anticipated.

Primary nocturnal enuresis

Primary nocturnal enuresis or PNE is the term used when children have never achieved night time control and are wetting more than 2-3 times per month.

Secondary nocturnal enuresis

Secondary nocturnal enuresis is when a child has been dry at night for 6 months and then begins to wet again.

Secondary nocturnal enuresis is easier to treat, because in most cases this is a result of a change in the child's life.

Identifying the change and addressing it will resolve the issue in most cases. The change may be situational such as a change is eating, drinking or sleeping habits.

It could be physical, such as the onset of diabetes or a urinary tract infection or it could be psychological such as a divorce, death, move, birth of new sibling etc.

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