A doctor who sees a child for
bed-wetting will want to know if the child has ever
had bladder control for more than 3 months at a time or if the child has begun
wetting again after being dry for at least 6 months to 1 year. The doctor will ask questions about the child's bed-wetting patterns, such
How long has the child been wetting the bed? If
possible, keep a diary of your child's accidental wettings for a period of time
before the visit. Include information about when the wettings occur and how
much urine is released each time.
Does accidental wetting happen
during the day, at night, or both?
Has there been any leaking
(dribbling) of urine during the day (underclothes constantly damp)? Has the
child's urine stream seemed different when he or she uses the
Does it seem to be painful for your child to
Are there any signs of a bladder or kidney infection? Has
the child had bladder or kidney infections in the past?
child been drinking a lot more liquids lately?
How many times a day
does your child urinate? Does he or she seem to hold it until the last minute?
Does he or she have to run to the bathroom?
Have you tried any home
treatment for the bed-wetting? What have you tried and how has it
Other information that the doctor will want includes the
Is there a family history of
Does the child have a history of constipation or stool
leakage (fecal incontinence)?
Does the child have any emotional
illnesses? Has the child had a recent stressful event, such as the birth of a
brother or sister or the death of a loved one?
Is the child having
difficulty in school or with relationships?
Does the child have any
How does your child feel about wetting the bed?
How have you as the parent felt about your child's bed-wetting?
Primary Medical Reviewer
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
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