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Should you treat a child for enuresis?

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For mild cases, you may not need treatment because most children outgrow it, usually by the time they're teens. But you can't predict what will happen with the symptoms and if or when the child will simply outgrow them. You should consider whether the child's self esteem is affected and whether enuresis is getting in the way of their life, such as avoiding sleepovers with friends.

From: Enuresis in Children WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Thiedke, C. Carolyn, MD, "Nocturnal Enuresis," American Family Physician Vol. 67 #7 April 1, 2003. (2005). Christopherson, E.R., & Purvis, P.C. (2001). "Toileting problems in children." In C.E. Walker& M.C. Roberts (Eds.) (3rd Ed., pp. 453-469). New York: NY: JohnWiley & Sons. Walker, C.E.,"Elimination disorders: Enuresis and encopresis." In M.C.Roberts (Ed.) (3rd Ed, 2001 pp.546-560). New York, NY: Guilford Press


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Reviewed by Dan Brennan on November 04, 2018

SOURCES: Thiedke, C. Carolyn, MD, "Nocturnal Enuresis," American Family Physician Vol. 67 #7 April 1, 2003. (2005). Christopherson, E.R., & Purvis, P.C. (2001). "Toileting problems in children." In C.E. Walker& M.C. Roberts (Eds.) (3rd Ed., pp. 453-469). New York: NY: JohnWiley & Sons. Walker, C.E.,"Elimination disorders: Enuresis and encopresis." In M.C.Roberts (Ed.) (3rd Ed, 2001 pp.546-560). New York, NY: Guilford Press


Section of Behavior Medicine at the Children's Hospital at the Cleveland ClinicThe Handbook of Clinical Child PsychologyHandbook of Pediatric Psychology

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on November 04, 2018

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