What is daytime wetting?
Daytime wetting is when your child has wetting accidents in his or her underwear after potty-training age. Daytime wetting can occur when a child is not urinating enough and is holding on to his or her urine during the day, a child is constipated and/or a child has a urinary tract infection. Daytime wetting can also occur when a child’s control mechanism and bladder muscles are not working properly.
Why come to Children's Hospital Colorado for treatment of this condition?
The professionals at Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora, Colorado are dedicated to caring for kids. The members of the urology team are experts in pediatric urologic conditions and our surgeons are specialized in both pediatrics and urology. We strive to help patients and families feel educated about their condition, prepared for treatment and fully cared for by our urology team.
What are the signs and symptoms?
Signs and symptoms include damp underwear, urine accidents during the day and irritation and/or redness around the genitals.
How do you diagnose it?
Witnessing any of the signs or symptoms indicates that your child may suffer from daytime urinary wetting.
How is it treated?
A visit with a member of the urology group is necessary to rule out any underlying problems with the control mechanism and muscles of the bladder. It is important that your child goes to the toilet reqularly (every 2-3 hours) and takes enough time on the toilet to fully empty their bladder, drinks appropriate amounts of fluids and avoids constipation.
Who gets it, and can it be prevented?
Any child can have daytime urinary wetting if they are not taking the time to empty their bladder fully or not voiding on a regular schedule.
When should I seek medical attention?
Seek medical attention when you become aware that daytime wetting is occurring.