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Pediatric Urinary Incontinence or Enuresis (Bedwetting)

Key points about enuresis in children

  • Urinary incontinence (enuresis) is the loss of bladder control. In children under age 3, it’s normal to not have full bladder control. As children get older, they become more able to control their bladder.
  • It can happen during the day or at night.
  • It has many possible causes. These include anxiety, constipation, genes, and caffeine.
  • In many cases, it goes away over time and does not need to be treated.
  • If treatment is needed, many methods can help. These include changes in fluid intake, reducing caffeine, and urinating on a schedule.

Children's Team

Children's Team

Providers

Hans Pohl

Hans Pohl

Division Chief, Urology
Urologist
Co-director, Spina Bifida Program
Nadia Kalloo

Naida Kalloo

Medical Unit Director, Prince George's County
Clinical Associate Professor, Urology and Pediatrics, CNH and George Washington University Hospital
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).

Comprehensive Motility Program

The Motility Program works to help treat a number of motility issues impacting your child’s digestive tract, including abdominal pain, aspirating, constipation and incontinence. Learn more about our Comprehensive Motility Program.

Urology

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