Night-time enuresis (bedwetting) is a very common condition affecting 15% of 5 year olds and 7% of 7 year olds. It tends to improve spontaneously, but we can help alleviate the problem in many cases. We have a range of treatments such as advice, bladder training, medication and enuresis alarms.
Parents can ask their GP to refer to the Enuresis Clinic. We only treat children over the age of 7 years because enuresis is such a common problem in younger children. Many children with wetting problems are seen by one of the paediatricians in the clinic. An initial assessment will be done on your child, including physical examination, blood pressure and urine testing.
Depending on the assessment a variety of treatments can be used. These include drug therapies, behavioural programmes and alarms. Unfortunately demand for alarms is high and we ask that they are returned to us as soon as they are no longer required.
We advise all patients and families to access the ERIC (Education and Resources for Improving Childhood Continence) website. This website contains information and support.
You will have been sent a questionnaire with your appointment which you should have completed and brought with you.
Physical examination including abdominal examination, lower limbs and spine, blood pressure.
Urine examination will be key so a urine specimen will be required at clinic.
By the end of the assessment process we should be able to understand the reasons for the enuresis and provide ways to begin to manage it.
We will ensure you have information about self-help measures that can be carried out.
Individualised treatment plan considering parent and child circumstances
The treatment plan will also be dependant on the suspected cause of enuresis
A key part of the management plan will include monitoring and the programme for this will be discussed and agreed.
We appreciate that in a limited time it can be difficult to think of everything so you will have our contact details in case you need to contact with further queries.
More information about the condition and links to support organisations helping people experiencing the same problems are available on the links part of this website.
Paediatric Enuresis Nurse
Telephone: 01962 824982
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