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When to Seek Help for Bed-wetting

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If you have a child who frequently wets the bed, it can be difficult to decide when to take action. For children who are younger than 7, it is often best to wait – bed-wetting usually will subside on its own. “Whether or not you seek treatment depends on how it is affecting your family,” says Shylaja Nuguri, MD, PhD, pediatrician at Saint Francis Medical Center. “If the bed-wetting is affecting your child’s self-esteem or performance in school, it is time to see a doctor.”

Another reason to seek help is if your child has been dry for at least three months but suddenly starts wetting the bed again. There could be a medical reason for the bed-wetting, such as a bladder infection, constipation or diabetes, that requires treatment.

Nuguri_Shylaja“If there are no medical reasons for the problem, you can try limiting fluids and caffeine in the evening,” says Nuguri.

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