Enuresis is a certain type of medical condition which can be characterized by lack of urination control during the night, when a person is asleep. It is also commonly referred to as bedwetting and it usually affects children much more often than it affects adult persons. This is why it is often considered more as a phase of development than a medical condition, since it is not a behavioral or medical problem. It is pretty common for children under 6 years of age to experience enuresis. This is why there is a need for a specific treatment method only when the child who experiences enuresis is older than 6.
The most common causes of enuresis in both children and adults include stress, urethral valve disorders, delayed development of central nervous system, hormonal imbalances, small urinary bladder and several others. Enuresis is a hereditary medical condition so it can be said that it runs in families. There are two different types of enuresis which is based and classified on the symptoms. These two types are nocturnal and diurnal enuresis. Diurnal enuresis involves bedwetting which occurs at daytime, while the nocturnal enuresis takes place during the night. Some children may experience both different types of enuresis at the same time, but these cases only occur rarely. Nocturnal enuresis affects boys much more than girls, while the diurnal enuresis affects girls much more than it affects boys.
Enuresis Treatment and Remedies
As mentioned earlier, children who are under 6 years old do not need any specific treatment for enuresis, despite caused a lot of trouble for the parents. If the child continues with bedwetting after the specific age, then it is time to seek professional medical help. The doctor needs to be well informed about the child’s general physical state and bathroom habits. Some cases may also require urine tests, which may indicate that the child suffers from sort of infection or other underlying medical condition. If there is definitely need for a treatment plan, in most cases the doctors suggest good habits and behavioral therapy. Indulging in urination just before going to bed and reducing fluid consumption before bedtime are among the most common things for all those who need treatment for nocturnal enuresis. Bladder training is very efficient in stretching the capacity of the bladder. Alarm systems which ring each time the child wets the bed may also be helpful to a certain extent.