Terms you may hear used for different types of bed-wetting
Enuresis, which is the lack of control over the
voiding of urine beyond the age at which control is normally achieved, usually
5 or 6.
Nocturnal enuresis, which means bed-wetting, or the
accidental voiding of urine during sleep.
enuresis, which is accidental bed-wetting by a child who has never had bladder
control for 3 months in a row.
Secondary nocturnal enuresis, which
is accidental bed-wetting by a child after he or she has been dry for a period
of time. This may indicate emotional stress, a medical problem such as a kidney
or bladder infection, or a birth defect that affects the urinary
Monosymptomatic nocturnal enuresis, which is bed-wetting in
the absence of any other symptoms. This accounts for 80% to 85% of nocturnal
Polysymptomatic nocturnal enuresis, which is
bed-wetting associated with other bladder symptoms, such as back or belly pain,
fever, cloudy or pink urine, increased urgency and frequency of urination, or
crying or complaining when urinating.
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