Enuresis is the medical term for involuntary urination or “wetting.” Other words for this problem include incontinence, voiding problems or urinary accidents. Most children have control of their bladders by age 4 for daytime control and by age 6 for nighttime control, but up to 20 percent of first-grade boys, 6 to 7, and 17 percent of first-grade girls have problems with wetting accidents.
There is no single cause for daytime or nighttime wetting, but doctors believe that certain factors, such as bladder capacity and genetics, may play a role.
Depending on the type and severity of enuresis, possible treatments include nighttime alarms to wake the child to go to the bathroom, medications, bladder training and positive reinforcement.
Boston Children’s Hospital has created the Voiding Improvement Program (VIP) to help children who have enuresis:
Request an appointment with our Voiding Improvement Program (VIP) online or call us at 617-355-7796.
Now seeing patients in Boston, Waltham, Peabody and Weymouth
VIP will be even more convenient for families as it expands to Boston Children's locations in Waltham, Peabody and Weymouth. Patients will receive the same high level of care for urinary issues offered in our Boston location, yet with the added convenience of free parking and more spacious facilities.
Boston Children's Hospital: Main location
Boston Children's Hospital
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Main number: 617-355-7796
North of Boston
Boston Children’s at Peabody
10 Centennial Drive
Peabody, MA 01960
Main number: 617-355-7796 or
West of Boston
Boston Children's Hospital at Waltham
9 Hope Avenue
Waltham, MA 02453
Main number: 617-355-7796 or 781-216-2100
Boston Children's Hospital at Lexington
482 Bedford Street
Lexington, MA 02420
Main number: 617-355-7796 or 781-672-2100
South of Boston
Boston Children’s Physicians Weymouth
The Stetson Building
541 Main Street
Weymouth, MA 02190
Main number: 617-355-7796 or 781-216-3800