The Difference Between Primary, Secondary, Nocturnal, and Diurnal Enuresis
Causes of Bedwetting
How to Help Your Child Cope with Bedwetting
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|Primary Enuresis||Secondary Enuresis|
It is defined by wetting the bed (or even just the clothes) without a period of six consecutive months of nighttime bladder control. In other words, your kid was never fully toilet trained and the bedwetting is a continuation of that.
Also called primary bedwetting, this is the most common type of urinary incontinence among children. Over 75 percent of children affected by bedwetting have primary enuresis, and it is more likely to occur in boys than in girls.
This type of bedwetting happens because the sleeping brain isn’t yet able to recognize the messages sent by the full bladder, thus the child doesn’t wake to nature’s call.
Primary enuresis is not considered a problem until around the age of 5, because until that time it may simply be that potty training is ongoing. The good news is that if your child has this type of bedwetting, it’s more than likely they’ll eventually grow out of it with time.
|Nocturnal Enuresis||Diurnal Enuresis|
The most prevalent form of bedwetting, nocturnal enuresis (or nighttime bedwetting) affects 5 to 7 million children in the US. It happens when the child is sleeping and is basically synonymous with what’s generally understood as bedwetting: The serial, involuntary voiding of urine at night in children over 5 years old.