Bedwetting is involuntary urination during sleep. It is also referred to as nighttime incontinence or nocturnal enuresis. It is of two types, primary enuresis and secondary enuresis. In primary enuresis the patient has never had dry nights. In secondary enuresis bedwetting is after a break of at least six months.
The most common symptom of bedwetting is uncontrolled and unintentional bedwetting while sleeping. However some other symptoms of bedwetting could be as follows:– Child is at least 6 or 7 years old and has never been able to stay dry overnight.- Wetting during the day.- Uncontrolled bowel movements that result in soiling.- Cloudy pinkish urine.- Straining, dribbling or other unusual symptoms with urination. – Burning sensation while urinating.
Bedwetting in children may be due to immature nervous system due to which the child is not able to feel that his bladder is full.
– Sometimes it is also because of small bladder due to which the bladder is not able to hold all the urine produced during the night.- In a very rare case it may be due to some defects in the urinary system.- Some medical conditions like urinary tract infection, constipation, diabetes, sickle-cell anemia, or epilepsy may also cause bedwetting.- Hormonal factors, wherein there is inadequate antidiuretic hormone. This hormone reduces the amount of urine produced by the kidneys.- Spinal cord abnormalities.- Genetic factors.- Deep Sleep.