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Is bedwetting related to an overactive bladder in children?

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Yes. Some of the same conditions or circumstances that increase the likelihood of nighttime incontinence may -- in combination with infrequent urination -- result in incontinence during the day. These conditions and circumstances include pressure from a hard bowel movement or other causes listed above.

Another cause of nighttime incontinence is related to the antidiuretic hormone (ADH), which the body produces to slow urine production. Children tend to produce more ADH at night, so there is less need to urinate. If the body does not produce enough ADH, the production of urine may not slow and the bladder may overfill, leading to bedwetting.

From: Overactive Bladder in Children WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Medline Plus: "Oxybutynin."

About.com: Pediatrics: "Urinary Tract Infection Symptoms."

Pediatrics: "Pollakiuria, Extraordinary Daytime Urinary Frequency: Experience in a Pediatric Practice."

NIDDK: "Urinary Incontinence in Children."

Medline Plus: "Urinary Incontinence."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on July 27, 2017

SOURCES:

Medline Plus: "Oxybutynin."

About.com: Pediatrics: "Urinary Tract Infection Symptoms."

Pediatrics: "Pollakiuria, Extraordinary Daytime Urinary Frequency: Experience in a Pediatric Practice."

NIDDK: "Urinary Incontinence in Children."

Medline Plus: "Urinary Incontinence."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on July 27, 2017

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