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What is bedwetting?

Bedwetting, also termed as night-time incontinence or nocturnal enuresis is an involuntary recurrent passage of urine while sleeping. This usually does not occur after around 5 – 7 years of age. It is a common condition seen in school-aged children worldwide. Although bedwetting is common among children and adolescents, it has not been adequately reported in India. The worldwide prevalence is 1.4%-28%. The prevalence in India is found to be 7.61%-16.3%.

What are its main signs and symptoms?

Children usually learn how to use the toilet by the age of 5, but there is no fixed age for attaining complete bladder control. Some kids may face the problem between 5 and 7 years. Signs and symptoms which prompt medical attention include:

  • Child wetting the bed after 7 years of age.
  • Starts to wet the bed after a few months of no bedwetting at night.
  • Bedwetting with painful urination, pink or red urine, excessive thirst, hard faeces or snoring.

What are its main causes?

The causes are ambiguous but the following may be possible factors:

  • Small bladder: Bladder may not be fully developed.
  • Inability to know that the bladder is full: A full bladder may not awaken the child if the nerves that control the bladder are slow to mature.
  • Hormonal imbalance: Some may have inadequate antidiuretic hormone (ADH) to slow urine formation at night.
  • Urinary tract infection: Child may have difficulty in controlling urination due to infection. (Read more: UTIs treatment)
  • Sleep apnoea: Obstructed breathing during sleep due to inflamed or large tonsils or adenoids.
  • Diabetes: Bedwetting may be the first sign of diabetes if your child was usually dry at night.
  • Chronic constipation: Prolonged constipation can impair the functioning of the muscles that control both urination and defecation.
  • Stress: Fear-induced stress can also trigger bedwetting.

How is it diagnosed and treated?

You may be asked to keep a track of your child’s urination routine and maintain a diary.

Things to note are:

  • Urinary frequency
  • Stool frequency and consistency
  • Bedtime fluid intake

Tests may include:

  • Urine culture and analysis: To check for infection, diabetes, traces of blood or any other substances.
  • Blood tests: To check for anaemia, diabetes, kidney problems and other conditions.
  • Bladder ultrasound: To find how much urine still remains in the bladder after urination.
  • Urodynamic testing: To check how the urine is stored and flows.
  • Cystoscopy: To check for bladder conditions by inserting a camera in the bladder.

Bedwetting is not a major issue as it signals a child’s development phase, but children may feel embarrassed and have low self-esteem. Parents may find themselves helpless to correct this situation.

Management includes:

  • Counselling the parents and the child about bedwetting and reassuring them that it can be cured.
  • The doctor may prescribe a medication analogous to ADH which can provide the same effect as ADH and an antidepressant which relaxes the bladder.

Non-drug methods: One can buy products like

  • Disposable or reusable absorbent underpants.
  • Moisture alarms which turn off when bedwetting occurs.

Self-care tips:

  • Try to increase your child’s fluid intake during the day and limit intake in the evening.
  • Train your child to go to the washroom before going to sleep.
  • Encourage your child each time so that he/she feels comfortable and confident.
  • Even if your child urinates, do not scold or punish or else it defeats the purpose.
  • Encourage your child to assist you in cleaning the sheets, so he/she feels comfortable.
  1. Medicines for Bedwetting
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Medicines for Bedwetting

Medicines listed below are available for Bedwetting. Please note that you should not take any medicines without doctor consultation. Taking any medicine without doctor's consultation can cause serious problems.

Medicine NamePack SizePrice (Rs.)
AntidepAntidep 25 Mg Tablet9.15
DepranilDepranil 25 Mg Tablet8.72
DepsolDepsol 25 Mg Tablet8.46
Depsonil PmDepsonil Pm 75 Mg Capsule47.5
DepsonilDepsonil 25 Mg Tablet8.5
ElaminElamin 25 Mg Tablet7.91
EldepEldep 25 Mg Tablet7.9
ImidiazImidiaz 10 Mg Tablet27.0
KidepKidep 25 Mg Tablet8.72
TalendepTalendep 25 Mg Tablet8.72
AntipresAntipres 25 Mg Tablet8.75
DepikDepik 25 Mg Tablet10.5
Deprid (Sigmund)Deprid 25 Mg Tablet7.8
DepridDeprid 25 Mg Tablet12.0
DepsinDepsin 25 Mg Tablet8.2
DiaminDiamin 25 Mg Tablet37.43
DimipDimip 10 Mg Tablet5.28
HemidapHemidap 2 Mg Tablet8.4
ImizenImizen 25 Mg Tablet9.37
ImpramineImpramine 25 Mg Tablet7.0
Impress(Anp)Impress 25 Mg Tablet8.29
NildepNildep 10 Mg Tablet10.47
ShiminShimin 25 Mg Tablet7.85
TrimineTrimine 25 Mg Tablet7.71
IminzaIminza 25 Mg Tablet11.53
NormadepNormadep 25 Mg Tablet9.22
Pranil FortePranil Forte Tablet9.0
AdiuretinAdiuretin 0.1 Mg Tablet420.42
DpressinDpressin 0.1 Mg Tablet274.0
D VoidD Void 0.01% Spray1080.0
MinirinMinirin 0.1 Mg Nasal Spray588.6
SintamilSintamil 25 Mg Tablet34.28
AnxidepAnxidep Tablet0.0
Depnil ForteDepnil Forte 25 Mg/5 Mg Tablet0.0
Depnil PlusDepnil Plus 25 Mg/2 Mg Tablet0.0
Depranil PlusDepranil Plus 5 Mg/25 Mg Tablet0.0
Deprid ForteDeprid Forte 25 Mg/5 Mg Tablet0.0
Deprid PlusDeprid Plus 25 Mg/2 Mg Tablet12.81
Depsin PlusDepsin Plus 25 Mg/2 Mg Tablet0.0
EndopaxEndopax 2 Mg/25 Mg Tablet0.0
ImipamImipam 25 Mg/2 Mg Tablet0.0
ImizImiz 25 Mg/2 Mg Tablet0.0
Imizonic PlusImizonic Plus 25 Mg/2 Mg Tablet22.05
ImodepImodep 25 Mg/2 Mg Tablet0.0
Impress PlusImpress Plus 25 Mg/2 Mg Tablet0.0
MinizepMinizep 25 Mg/2 Mg Tablet0.0
SycodepSycodep 25 Mg/2 Mg Tablet0.0
ToframineToframine 25 Mg/2 Mg Tablet10.9
TrikodepTrikodep 2.5 Mg/25 Mg Tablet0.0
Trikodep ForteTrikodep Forte 5 Mg/50 Mg Tablet0.0
TudepTudep 25 Mg/2 Mg Tablet0.0
AnexidepAnexidep 25 Mg/2 Mg Tablet16.6
Depik ForteDepik Forte 25 Mg/5 Mg Tablet12.05
Depik PlusDepik Plus 25 Mg/2 Mg Tablet12.95
Depsol ForteDepsol Forte 5 Mg/25 Mg Tablet15.0
Depsol PlusDepsol Plus 2 Mg/25 Mg Tablet13.0
Depsonil DzDepsonil Dz 2 Mg/25 Mg Tablet18.0
Diamin PlusDiamin Plus 25 Mg/2 Mg Tablet21.0
Eldep MEldep M 12.5 Mg/2 Mg Tablet10.0
Elidep ForteElidep Forte Tablet14.42
Iminza IdIminza Id 25 Mg/2 Mg Tablet12.97
Kidep DzKidep Dz Tablet17.5
Kidep ForteKidep Forte 25 Mg/5 Mg Tablet16.0
Pranil PlusPranil Plus 25 Mg/2 Mg Tablet14.9
PrazepPrazep 25 Mg/2 Mg Tablet8.58
Talendep ForteTalendep Forte Tablet11.1
Talendep PlusTalendep Plus Tablet10.2
TancodepTancodep 2 Mg/25 Mg Tablet16.0
TheodepTheodep Tablet18.0
AnxitabAnxitab Tablet27.64
DepsodepDepsodep 25 Mg/10 Mg Tablet19.0
Codep 37Codep 37 Tablet0.0
PolytabPolytab Tablet23.8
DeplamDeplam 0.25 Mg/25 Mg Tablet16.25
DepsolamDepsolam 0.25 Mg/25 Mg Tablet19.0
ImpraxImprax 0.25 Mg/25 Mg Tablet12.0
Impress AImpress A 0.25 Mg/25 Mg Tablet9.66
Bjain Abroma augusta Mother Tincture QAbroma Augusta Mother Tincture Q69.0
ADEL 19Adel 19 Lassitul Drop215.0
ADEL 25Adel 25 Somcupin Drop215.0
ADEL 36Adel 36 Pollon Drop215.0
ADEL 51Adel 51 Psy Stabil Drop215.0
ADEL 85 TonicAdel 85 Neu Regen Drinking 10 Ml Ampoule880.0
Schwabe Alpha-TSAlpha Ts Drop89.0
ADEL BC No 19Biocombination No. 19 Tablet135.0
ADEL BC No 25Biocombination No. 25 Tablet135.0
SBL B Trim DropsB Trim Drop145.0
SBL Dibonil DropsDibonil Drop85.0
Dr. Reckeweg Equisetum H. DilutionEquisetum H Dilution 1 M155.0
ADEL Equisetum H DilutionEquisetum Hyemale Dilution 1 M155.0
Omeo Diabetes DropsOmeo Diabetes Drop109.0
Omeo k-Stone SyrupOmeo K Stone Syrup49.0
Omeo Sleep DropsOmeo Sleep Drop218.0
Dr. Reckeweg R14Reckeweg R14 Sleep And Nerve Drop200.0
Dr. Reckeweg R18Reckeweg R18 Kidney And Bladder Drop200.0
Dr. Reckeweg R19Reckeweg R19 Drop200.0
Dr. Reckeweg R20Reckeweg R20 Drop200.0
ADEL Sanicula aqua DilutionSanicula Aqua Dilution 1 M155.0
Dr. Reckeweg Sanicula Aqua DilutionSanicula Aqua Dilution 1 M155.0
Dr. Reckeweg Thyroidinum 3x TabletThyreoidinium Trituration Tablet 3 X190.0
Dr. Reckeweg Thyroidinum DilutionThyrodinum Dilution 1 M155.0
Schwabe Thyroidinum 3X (LATT)Thyroidinum 3 X Tablet120.0
SBL Utrofyne SyrupUtrofyne Syrup75.0

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