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Does caffeine cause bed-wetting?

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Caffeine, whether in food or drink, acts as a diuretic, meaning that it stimulates the bladder to produce more urine. So, one bed-wetting solution many experts recommend is to avoid caffeine in the late afternoon and evening.

Just because your child doesn’t drink coffee doesn’t mean he isn’t ingesting caffeine. Teas, colas, and energy drinks often contain caffeine. And one food that many children love, chocolate, also contains a chemical closely related to caffeine. So you might want to be cautious about hot chocolate and desserts such as brownies or chocolate ice cream.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on February 13, 2020

Medically Reviewed on 2/13/2020

SOURCES:

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: "Bedwetting," "Practice Parameter for the Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents With Enuresis."

Familydoctor.org: "Enuresis (Bed-wetting)."

Howard Bennett, MD, author, Waking Up Dry: A Guide to Help Children Overcome Bedwetting.

Gregory Fritz, MD, professor, director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychology, Brown Alpert Medical School.

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Parenting Corner Q&A: Bedwetting."

WebMD Medical Reference: “Diet, Drugs, and Urinary Incontinence Symptoms.”

Johnson, M. Urologic Nursing, December 1998.

Egger, J. Clinical Pediatrics, May 1992.

University of Michigan, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital: "Bed-Wetting (Enuresis)."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on February 13, 2020

SOURCES:

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: "Bedwetting," "Practice Parameter for the Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents With Enuresis."

Familydoctor.org: "Enuresis (Bed-wetting)."

Howard Bennett, MD, author, Waking Up Dry: A Guide to Help Children Overcome Bedwetting.

Gregory Fritz, MD, professor, director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychology, Brown Alpert Medical School.

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Parenting Corner Q&A: Bedwetting."

WebMD Medical Reference: “Diet, Drugs, and Urinary Incontinence Symptoms.”

Johnson, M. Urologic Nursing, December 1998.

Egger, J. Clinical Pediatrics, May 1992.

University of Michigan, C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital: "Bed-Wetting (Enuresis)."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on February 13, 2020

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