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Pediatric Urinary Incontinence or Enuresis (Bedwetting)

Key points about urinary incontinence

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics: 

  • Bedwetting affects 20 percent of children age 5, 10 percent of children age 6 and 3 percent of children age 12.
  • Nocturnal enuresis occurs two times more frequently in boys than in girls.
  • Of the children with enuresis, most have wetting at night. 
  • Primary enuresis is the most common form of urinary incontinence among children.
  • What is urinary incontinence (enuresis)?
  • What causes urinary incontinence in children?
  • How is urinary incontinence diagnosed in children?
  • What is the treatment for urinary incontinence (enuresis) in children?
Children's Team

Children's Team

Providers

Hans Pohl

Hans Pohl

Chief, Division of Urology
Urologist
Harry Rushton

Harry Rushton

Emeritus Chair and Faculty, Division of Urology | Urologist
Departments

Departments

Wetting, Infections, and Stooling Help (WISH)

We are dedicated to helping children overcome challenges with wetting problems and urinary tract infections in our WISH Clinic (Wetting, Infections, and Stooling Help).

Urology

At Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., our pediatric urologists provide comprehensive care for disorders affecting reproductive and urinary organs.

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