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Symptoms and Signs of Bedwetting (Bed Wetting) In Children and Adults

Doctor's Notes on Bedwetting (Bed Wetting) In Children and Adults

Bedwetting is medically known as nocturnal enuresis. Primary bedwetting refers to bedwetting since infancy and is caused by a delay in the development and maturing of the nervous system. Secondary bedwetting refers to wetting the bed after being dry for at least six months. Causes of secondary bedwetting include urinary tract infections, diabetes, or other medical conditions.

Signs and symptoms associated with bedwetting include involuntary passage of urine while asleep in an individual who does not have trouble with bladder control while awake. Affected children may appear to sleep deeply and not be roused by urges to urinate. Associated symptoms of secondary bedwetting depend on the presence of a medical condition that may cause the bedwetting and can include blood in the urine, cloudy or dark urine, or pain with urination.

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Medically Reviewed on 3/20/2019


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