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Enuresis (say "en-yuh-REE-sus") is accidental wetting (day or night) that happens after someone is normally expected to have bladder control. This problem can run in families. It can be caused by low levels of a hormone that helps the body make less urine when you sleep. In some cases, enuresis is caused by a physical problem, like a small bladder.
Enuresis can be treated with medicine, special training, or both. If medicine works for you, it is best to use it along with a plan that trains your mind and body to be dry at night. Over time, your goal is to stop taking the medicine.
If you have tried treatment before but still are not dry every night, give it another try. Set your goal, follow your plan, and keep track of your progress. Reward yourself for successes. Be patient. The body and mind need time to learn a new habit.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: September 20, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
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