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How is bed-wetting in adults treated?

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Your doctor may suggest you start by making a few changes to your daily and nightly routines:

  • Try bladder retraining. Go to the bathroom at set times during the day and night. Slowly increase the amount of time between bathroom visits -- for example, by 15 minutes at a time. This will train your bladder to hold more fluid.
  • Don't drink right before bed. That way, you won't make as much urine. Avoid caffeine and alcohol, which can stimulate your bladder.
  • Use an alarm clock. Set it to wake you up at regular times during the night so you can use the bathroom.
  • Try a bed-wetting alarm system. You attach it to your underwear or a pad on your bed. It will alert you as soon as you start to wet the bed.
  • Take medicines. Several can help with bed-wetting. Desmopressin reduces the amount of urine your kidneys make.

From: Bed-Wetting in Adults WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Association for Clinical Chemistry: "Urine culture," "Urinalysis."

Bladder and Bowel Foundation: "Detrusor Myectomy."

Dartmouth-Hitchcock: "Sacral Nerve Stimulation Therapy."

Journal of Urology: "Long-term followup of children with nocturnal enuresis: increased frequency of nocturia in adulthood."

Mayo Clinic: "Bed-wetting: Definition," "Diabetes insipidus: Symptoms and causes," "My 24-year-old husband has started to wet the bed at night. What causes adult bed-wetting? Should we be concerned about this?"

National Association for Continence: "Adult Bedwetting," "OAB Prescription List."

UCSF Health: "Bladder Training."

Urology Care Foundation: "What is Bladder Augmentation?"

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 25, 2017

SOURCES:

American Association for Clinical Chemistry: "Urine culture," "Urinalysis."

Bladder and Bowel Foundation: "Detrusor Myectomy."

Dartmouth-Hitchcock: "Sacral Nerve Stimulation Therapy."

Journal of Urology: "Long-term followup of children with nocturnal enuresis: increased frequency of nocturia in adulthood."

Mayo Clinic: "Bed-wetting: Definition," "Diabetes insipidus: Symptoms and causes," "My 24-year-old husband has started to wet the bed at night. What causes adult bed-wetting? Should we be concerned about this?"

National Association for Continence: "Adult Bedwetting," "OAB Prescription List."

UCSF Health: "Bladder Training."

Urology Care Foundation: "What is Bladder Augmentation?"

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 25, 2017

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