Nocturnal enuresis is something everyone should know about. This article will discuss enuresis in children, the different types and how you can treat it. Read on to learn more about enuresis.
1. What Is It?
Nocturnal enuresis is involuntary urination at night, also known as bedwetting. Because it happens at night when a person is sleeping, and it happens after the age when they should control when they do or do not urinate, this condition can be embarrassing. There are two different types of enuresis, primary and secondary.
2. The Different Kinds Of Bed Wetting
As previously mentioned, there are two types of enuresis. Those who have primary enuresis has been wetting the bed since they were a baby, and primary enuresis is the more common type of enuresis. Secondary enuresis takes at least six months to develop, but it can take up to a few years to develop. Secondary enuresis happens after a person has learned how to control when they do or do not urinate. For example, if you are an adult and you start to experience involuntary urination, then there is a chance you may have secondary enuresis.
There are various causes of involuntary urination, with one of them being hormonal problems. Certain medical conditions, bladder problems, sleep problems, genetics and caffeine can also cause involuntary urination. Psychological problems may also cause enuresis. A doctor can determine whether or not you have enuresis and they can help determine the cause of it.
4. Treatment Options
There are various treatment options for bed wetting, but the type of treatment you will receive depends on what is causing it. One treatment option is to make sure you don’t go to bed with a full bladder. This means you should not drink a lot of fluids before you go to bed and you should consider avoiding certain foods at night. Foods you may want to avoid include chocolate, sodas, tea and coffee.
Another treatment option is to get a bedwetting alarm from the doctor. This type of alarm alerts you when you are just starting to wet the bed in your sleep, and then you will wake up. After you wake up, you will head to the toilet. The idea behind this treatment option is to use the bedwetting alarm regularly until the user’s body is trained to wake itself up before they wet the bed.
Nocturnal enuresis can be diagnosed by a doctor. If you find yourself wetting the bed while you sleep at night, and it happens frequently, then you should see a doctor. They will ask you a few questions, possibly do a physical exam, and then they will determine whether or not you have this condition. Once your diagnosis is formal, the doctor will recommend what course of treatment you should use. Sometimes doctors will treat the condition with medication. In most cases, medication will not be the first treatment option given to a patient. If you suffer from involuntary urination, then you will likely be given other treatment options to try and medication may be the last resort.