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What is enuresis?
Enuresis is a medical name for accidental urination in children, what most people call “wetting.”
Facts about enuresis:
What causes enuresis?
A number of factors may cause enuresis, including:
It’s also possible that other medical conditions may be causing your child’s enuresis:
How is it diagnosed?
Enuresis is usually diagnosed based on a physical exam and a discussion of medical history. Some tests, including urinalysis and x-rays, may be conducted to help rule out other causes for wetting.
How is it treated?
The Voiding Improvement Program (VIP) at Boston Children’s Hospital takes a comprehensive and holistic approach to treating enuresis, including non-invasive methods.
What are the long-term effects?
Enuresis goes away on its own in 15 percent of kids each year. So, the older your child gets — even if you elect to have no treatment at all — the more likely he is to stay dry.
However, children who have wetting problems because of an underlying medical issue may require longer treatment and care.
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