What is Sleep Enuresis?
It is the inability to maintain urinary control during sleep. Primary enuresis refers to inability to maintain urinary control from infancy. Secondary enuresis is a relapse after control has been achieved.
What causes it?
Medical disorders like diabetes, urinary tract infection, sleep apnea or epilepsy can cause it. Psychiactric disorders can also be a cause.
How often does sleep enuresis occur?
To be considered sleep enuresis, there has to be at least two episodes per month in children 3 to 6 years and at least one episode per month for older individuals. Sleepwalking can also occur during an episode.
How is sleep enuresis treated?
A full physical should be done to rule out medical conditions. There are various techniques used when medical conditions have been ruled out. The most common are: behavior modification, alarm devices, and medications.
Diagnostic Classification Steering Committee, Thorpy MJ, Chairman. International Classification of Sleep Disorders: Diagnostic and Coding Manual. Rochester, Minnesota: American Sleep Disorders Association, 1990.
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