| SLEEP ENURESIS
What is Sleep Enuresis?
It is the inability to maintain urinary control during sleep. Primary enuresis refers to
inability to maintain urinary control from infancy. Secondary enuresis is a relapse
after control has been achieved.
What causes it?
Medical disorders like diabetes, urinary tract infection, sleep apnea or epilepsy can
cause it. Psychiatric disorders can also be a cause.
How often does sleep enuresis occur?
To be considered sleep enuresis, there has to be at least two episodes per month in
children 3 to 6 years and at least one episode per month for older individuals.
Sleepwalking can also occur during an episode.
How is sleep enuresis treated?
A full physical should be done to rule out medical conditions. There are various
techniques used when medical conditions have been ruled out. The most common
are: behavior modification, alarm devices, and medications.
How many children, teens and adults are bedwetters?
· One of every 4 five-year-olds is a bedwetter
· One of every 6 year-olds is a bedwetter.
· One of every 14 seven-year-olds is a bedwetter.
· One of every 20 eight-year-olds is a bedwetter.
· One of every 33 ten-year-olds is a bed wetter.
· One of every 50 Seventeen-year-olds is a bedwetter.
· One of every 100 adults is a bedwetter.