Bed-Wetting - When To Call a Doctor
Call your doctor if:
- Your child has signs of a
bladder or kidney infection or other symptoms, such as
back pain, abdominal (belly) pain, or fever. Signs of a bladder or kidney infection
- Cloudy or pink urine or bloodstains on
- Urinating more often than usual.
or complaining when urinating.
- Your child age 4 or older is
wetting the bed and is leaking stool. The child may
have stool blocking the
intestines , caused by having constipation over a
period of time.
- Your child wets the bed more frequently while you
are using home treatment for bed-wetting.
- Your daughter older than
5 or your son older than 6 has never had bladder control for more than 3 months
in a row after trying home treatment, and it is causing problems at school or
in the child's relationships with family and friends.
- Your child
who has had bladder control for at least 3 months has begun to wet the bed, and
this has happened more than a few times.
If your child wets the bed but has no other symptoms,
and you have tried home treatment without success, the doctor can recommend
other methods of treatment.
Watchful waiting is appropriate if
bed-wetting is not affecting a child's performance in school or relationships
with family and friends. Most children develop complete bladder control even
without treatment. Home treatment may be all that is needed to help the child
learn bladder control.
Watchful waiting may not be appropriate if
bed-wetting starts after a child has had bladder control for a period of time.
Look for possible
stresses that might be causing the bed-wetting.
Bed-wetting may stop when your child's stress is relieved or managed. If it
does not, your child should see a doctor. For more information,
- Bed Wetting: Should My Child See a Doctor?
Who To See
following health professionals can evaluate and treat bed-wetting:
The following specialist(s) may be required if your child
has medical or emotional conditions:
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.