Ailments & Remedies

Ailments List

Bedwetting

 

Overview

Bedwetting is involuntary urination when a child or adult is asleep at an age when bladder control is expected. In most cases, bedwetting is a delayed development problem, it may not be due to a physical illness and can be linked to emotional problems.

 

Causes

Bedwetting itself can be a symptom of some underlying disease. It can be an emotional or a medical problem. Possible causes can be a urinary tract infection, diabetes, structural or anatomical abnormalities (like a small bladder), injury to the nervous system that could upset the neurological balance, physical or sexual abuse and a stressful home life in the case of children. Infection of the genital area, excessive fluid intake and unhealthy sleep patterns may also be responsible for this condition. Sometimes, bedwetting tends to run in families over the years and the child may stop having the problem at the same age the parent did. Lack of muscle control, anxiety, use of sleeping tablets, certain hormonal factors and an expansion of the prostate gland may be other probable causes. Poor daytime toilet habits, production of a large amount of urine during evening and night and an inability to sense the fullness of the bladder while asleep may also be other contributory factors. 

 

Symptoms

Urinary incontinence and wetting the bed at night (involuntary urination) are the symptoms best associated with this condition. In some cases, there could be wetting during the day and the person may experience painful or burning urination. The person has a feeling of urgency to urinate and the frequency is also very high. The urine can be pinkish or cloudy and there may be straining and/or dribbling (a poor urinary stream).

 

Diagnosis

The doctor will primarily do a physical examination of the patient and make a note of the signs and symptoms as given. A medical history will be taken into account by the doctor and tests or imaging studies can be suggested to evaluate the condition of the patient.

 

Treatment

Various complementary and alternative therapies can help improve the symptoms and treat the condition. Advice should be sought from a qualified practitioner for treatment options.



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