By Diane Griffith, Staff Writer, myOptumHealth
Wetting the bed can cause your child stress, shame and embarrassment. It's common in children 6 years old and younger and is not usually a sign of a physical problem. Most often, the child will outgrow it. But if your child is still wetting the bed after the age of 6 or 7, your child's doctor may offer some of the following suggestions.
Treatment options for bedwetting
The doctor may first want to do some testing to rule out any possible underlying physical causes. If the symptoms aren't related to a medical condition, there are various treatments your doctor may suggest, starting with behavior changes. This might include limiting fluids before bedtime and waking your child up at night to urinate.
If this treatment doesn't work, bladder control exercises and bedwetting alarms may be suggested next. Other children may respond better to psychotherapy and medication. You may need to try several options.
Pros and cons of bedwetting treatments
DDAVP - Pros:
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Imipramine - Pros:
Imipramine - Cons:
Things to consider
Make sure to let your child know that bedwetting is very common and not her fault. Do your best to keep her from feeling embarrassed.
Take your child's personality and feelings into consideration. If you feel a treatment won't work with your child or will in any way cause him humiliation, don't use it.
Keep in mind that one of these treatments - or a combination of them - will probably help your child. With your patience and support, your child will most likely conquer her bedwetting problem.
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