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Nocturnal Enuresis

Urinary incontinence (enuresis) is the medical term for bedwetting. Incontinence is accidental or intentional urination in children who are at an age where they should be able to have control of their bladders. Girls usually obtain bladder control before boys. Incontinence may be diagnosed in girls older than age 5 and in boys who are older than age 6 who are still having urinary control problems. There are different types of bedwetting that may occur, including the following:

  • Diurnal enuresis. Wetting during the day.

  • Nocturnal enuresis. Wetting during the night.

  • Primary enuresis. This occurs when the child has never fully mastered toilet training.
  • Secondary enuresis. This occurs when the child did have a period of dryness, but then returned to having periods of incontinence.

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