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Four types of bed wetting

Bedwetting basics

  • Simple enuresis, fixed relatively easily
  • Complicated bed wettgin, several causes to fix first
  • Nocturnal enuresis – nighttime only
  • Diurnal enuresis – daytime, and a little more difficult to fix
  • Secondary bed wetting – bed wetting after being dry for some time

The first thing an enuresis (wetting) expert should do is to ask a few questions to determine which of these categories is the problem. How often does she wet? How many times a night? Was she ever dry for months? Were there any traumatic events when this child was three years old?

If a consultant suggests “restrict water” or “he will outgrow it”, you’ve got the wrong guy. A real expert will ask questions like “does your boy have a younger sister.” But let’s talk about “secondary bed wetting’ in this post.

Secondary bed wetting is quite different from the common nighttime variety, because the child had been dry for more than six months. The causes are trauma, anxiety, and/or constipation. Easy to fix once it is categorized. In fact secondary bed wetting is the easiest of all.

If your child was a bed wetter, got dry at night, then stated to wet again after several months, all you have to do is ‘water gulping.” Toilet then drink water five or six times a day, with a big glass of water one hour before bed. Then toilet twice at bed time. Do this at the very first sign of relapse into bed wetting and you can end it on the second night.