When Should Nocturnal Urinary Incontinence in Children Be Considered?

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How Often Does Nocturnal Enuresis Occur in Children?

The process of growth and development of children brings many different challenges for parents. One of the most important of these challenges is childhood-specific health problems. The subject we will discuss in this article is nocturnal enuresis, or enuresis.

The problems that children experience during this period can be stressful for both them and their families, but it should be noted that this situation is normal. So, how often do we need to worry if it happens in children? Let’s examine this issue in detail.

What is Nocturnal Enuresis?

Enuresis refers to the involuntary incontinence of urine in children during sleep. This problem can continue to be seen in children older than six years. It is not a medical problem. It is part of the normal development of children, but parents need some information on how to manage this condition and when to be concerned.

What is the Normal Frequency of Urinary Incontinence in Children?

Nocturnal enuresis in children may differ depending on their age and physical development. It is quite normal for children under 6 years of age to leak urine from time to time. The fact that their bodies have not fully developed urinary control explains this situation.

Children older than 6 years of age may rarely experience enuresis. This may be associated with the child going through a stressful period, changing drinking habits or having a full bladder for some other reason. If there is an increase in the frequency of incontinence at this age, it is recommended to evaluate this situation.

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Nocturnal Urinary Incontinence and Age Factor

The age of children is an important factor affecting the frequency of nocturnal enuresis. In children under 6 years of age, enuresis is quite common and usually resolves within a few months. After the age of 6, incontinence problems that persist and become more frequent require more attention. Especially if this problem persists in children older than 7 years, the underlying causes and appropriate treatment options should be investigated.

Underlying Causes and Treatment Options for Nocturnal Urinary Incontinence

There can be many underlying causes of nocturnal enuresis in children. These may include genetic factors, urinary tract infections, bladder problems, psychological stress, hormonal changes and more.

It is important to seek help from a doctor to identify the underlying causes of enuresis and to determine appropriate treatment options. Treatment may vary depending on the child’s age, health condition and underlying causes. Treatment options may include behavioural therapy, medication and other medical interventions.

When Should Nocturnal Urinary Incontinence Treatment Options Be Evaluated?

For children under 6 years of age, this situation can be considered normal, but if the problem persists or increases in children over this age, a specialist should be consulted. Identifying the underlying causes and determining appropriate treatment options can help the child lead a healthier life.

It is an important step for parents to seek expert advice to support their children’s emotional and physical health.

Prof. Dr. Abdullah ArmağanUrology Specialist

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