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How is bedwetting treated?

There are several ways to treat bedwetting and your child can help to decide what is best for them at this time.

  • children under seven years old may not see the need to do anything
  • an alarm that awakens your sleeping child as soon as they wet the bed  is a good long-term treatment. The alarm trains the child to wake up before urination occurs. Alarms have a 70 per cent success rate. They are more likely to work if your child is keen and if you have professional support
  • the doctor may prescribe your child a medicine to use for overnight stays and school camps
  • treatment of constipation may stop bedwetting in some children
  • a behaviour modification program may be suggested
  • waking the child up during the night to go to the toilet might help but your child could end up missing too much sleep
  • your child may be referred to a paediatrician (child health specialist) or urologist (a doctor specially trained in conditions of the bladder and urinary system)
  • if a psychological problem is present, your child may be referred for help.  Psychological problems are very rarely the cause of bedwetting. Understandibly some children do get upset if there is teasing, bullying or punishment because of bedwetting
If you have tried one of the treatments before (when your child was younger) and it did not work, it might be worthwhile trying it again.

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