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Is Bladder Training Effective for Bedwetting?
Bladder training exercises: These are useful for adults with bedwetting or other types of urinary incontinence. They do not usually work for children. A recent review of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies (for example, acupuncture, hypnosis, etc.) for bedwetting shows little encouragement for the use of these modalities.
What Follow-up Is Necessary After Treatment of Bedwetting?
For a child with an underlying medical or emotional cause for the bedwetting, the health-care provider will recommend an appropriate treatment for the underlying condition.
Children with uncomplicated bedwetting usually "grow out of it" on their own.
What Is the Prognosis for Bedwetting?
Bedwetting can damage the child's self-image and confidence. The best way to prevent this is to be supportive. Parents should reassure the child that bedwetting is a common problem and that they, the parents, are confident that the child will overcome the problem. If there is a family history of bedwetting (for example, the child's father), the child should be informed to help lessen any stigma.
Every year, a significant percentage of school-aged children who wet the bed become dry without specific treatment.
It is difficult to estimate the effectiveness of treatment, but cure rates range from 10%-60% with drugs to 70%-90% with alarms and parent awakening.
Last Reviewed 11/21/2017
John Mersch, MD, FAAP
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