Daytime accidental wetting is common in young children. It may be a normal part of your child's growth and development. Toilet-trained children may get so involved in play that they forget to go to the washroom until it's too late. Or a child may have a medical problem, such as an infection or problem in the urinary tract. Emotional stress may also lead to daytime accidental wetting.
Treating the cause will usually stop the wetting. If stress is the cause, wetting often stops when you find ways to help your child ease the stress.
Frequent urination is common in children. It doesn't always mean that a child has a urinary problem. A child's bladder is small and doesn't hold as much urine as an adult's bladder. Your child may use the washroom more simply from habit. Or it may happen because he or she drinks extra fluid or feels nervous. Irritation from a wet diaper can also cause frequent urination. So can contact with a chemical, such as soap or laundry detergent.
Pain while urinating and a need to go a lot can also mean your child has a urinary tract infection. If your child has an infection, you may find him or her trying to urinate more often than usual to soothe the pain. Increased urination or new daytime or nighttime wetting may also be a sign of a more serious problem, such as diabetes.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
If your child delays going to the washroom until he or she loses control and wets, there are some things you can try.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
July 26, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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