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My 8 year old daughter still wetting the bed. What can I do?

In Topics: Potty Training, Bedwetting
> 60 days ago

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Wayne Yankus
Sep 28, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

pretty much nothing.  Nocturnal enuresis is a condition studied for over one hundred years and what we in medicine have learned is that it is probably inherited and will stop sometime before or during puberty. However, day and night time wetting is different and requires medical attention. Therefore, do what is comfortable for her--pull ups at night etc until it stops.  There are medicines to help for overnight and camp stays. Ask your pediatrician about those, and be sure your pediatrician knows what is happening.

Wayne Yankus, MD, FAAP
expert panelist: pediatrics

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rkaiulani
rkaiulani writes:
Hi there,

The first thing you should do is to realize that this is not unusual. If you are worried, you should probably consult with your pediatrician. But there are some do's and dont's that may help you. See the links below for some helpful information. Hope this helps!

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Dr.Monika
Dr.Monika , Child Professional writes:
Bedwetting at age 8 years can be embarrassing for a child and may impede her social and emotional development.  First, it must be determined whether your daughter's bedwetting is pathological or just a simple case of nocturnal enuresis that she will outgrow with time.  
Your daughter's health care provider will help you out with this.  An evaluation includes 2 tests: a urine test to rule out a hidden urinary tract infection, and a kidney/bladder ultrasound to evaluate the anatomy of the urinary tract.  If both tests are normal, your daughter has a case of hereditary nocturnal enuresis (bedwetting) that she will outgrow with time.  Once that is determined, you can explore treatment for nocturnal enuresis that will help your daughter to socialize with her friends (sleepovers, camps, etc.) without the embarrassment of having an accident or wearing a pull-up.

Suggested reading:

Bedwetting: Finding a solution

http://www.pluggedinparents.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=456&Itemid=0

Best regards.
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Marebear
Marebear , Student writes:
Talk to your daughter's pediatrician and ask questions. Your child may have to wear a diaper to bed. Don't worry! I know people who still wet their bed at night and they are older than your daughter. Just talk to her pediatrician. I hope this helps! Good luck!
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