Enuresis is a loss of bladder control. Doctors typically only use this term once a person is old enough to properly control his or her bladder, usually after the age of three. Enuresis has many other names as well, including “urinary incontinence” and “bed-wetting.” Though enuresis can be a frustrating condition, it is often beyond the individual’s control. Luckily, there are many treatment options available to reduce or alleviate the issue.


1. Classification

Depending on how a person loses control of their bladder, doctors can assign a classification that allows them to treat it more accurately. Physicians generally recognize four types of enuresis: nighttime or nocturnal enuresis occurs at night. Most people call this type “bedwetting,” and it is the most common. Daytime or diurnal enuresis occurs during the day and primary enuresis occurs when a child has not completed toilet training. Finally, secondary enuresis occurs when a person has a period of dryness but returns to wetting. Interestingly, males are more likely to have nocturnal enuresis, while females are more likely to experience diurnal enuresis.



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