Nighttime Wetting: How We Treat

How is nighttime wetting treated?

There is no single treatment that has been proven to treat nighttime wetting. Treatment often requires multiple interventions and it is not guaranteed that it will work for every child.

Treatment of nighttime wetting includes behavioral modification, as well as conditioning therapy. Behavioral modification includes encouraging good daytime urinary habits, decreasing the risk of constipation, restricting fluids 1 hour before bedtime and eliminating fluids and foods that are irritating to the bladder or are diuretics (i.e. carbonation, high sugar content fluids and caffeine). Conditioning therapy includes setting a bedwetting alarm, which helps teach the brain and bladder to communicate more effectively. In a few selective patients, medications may reduce the amount of urine made at night and can be helpful.

Why choose Children’s Hospital Colorado for your child’s nighttime wetting condition?

Our Bedwetting and Enuresis (BE) Program was created to specifically address children with wetting issues, including nighttime wetting. We educate on the cause of the condition, as well as behavioral modifications, and motivating techniques to help gain success. We also work closely with a clinical psychologist to help address any long-term social issues which can result from bedwetting. Our group is committed to helping you and your child attain success with the interventions and become dry at night.