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Bedwetting in Teens: Care Instructions


Bedwetting may be caused by having a small or overactive bladder, constipation, or low amounts of a hormone called ADH. Sometimes bedwetting is caused by emotional or social problems or by having a pattern of sleeping very deeply.

It's important to remember that bedwetting isn't your fault. It's a good idea to talk to your doctor about it. Your doctor may be able to help.

Treatments for bedwetting include limiting the amount you drink in the evening. Some teens find a moisture alarm useful. When the alarm senses urine, it buzzes to wake you up. Medicine to help you stop wetting the bed may also be used.

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.

How can you care for yourself at home?

  • Limit the amount of liquid you drink after dinner. Avoid sugary drinks and caffeine (such as tea, cola, chocolate) after dinner.
  • Remember to use the washroom just before going to bed.
  • If you try a moisture alarm, learn how to use it properly.
  • Take your medicines exactly as prescribed. Call your doctor or nurse advice line if you think you are having a problem with your medicine. You will get more details on the specific medicines your doctor prescribes.

When should you call for help?

Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:

  • You have symptoms of a urinary infection. For example:
    • You have blood or pus in your urine.
    • You have back pain just below the rib cage. This is called flank pain.
    • You have a fever, chills, or body aches.
    • It hurts to urinate.
    • You have groin or belly pain.

Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:

  • The treatments you are trying have not helped after 3 months, and the bedwetting is causing you problems at school or with family and friends.
  • You do not get better as expected.

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