When a child reaches the age of 7-8 years, still bed-wets and wants to do something about it, it is time to seek help. Children younger than this generally have neither the desire nor the maturity to work consistently at a bedwetting program. Either a pediatrician or a family doctor can evaluate the child.
Cincinnati Children’s has a specialty clinic to manage enuresis (wetting) issues. Your child may be referred directly to this clinic by calling 513-636-4975. If your area does not have such a specialty clinic, an appointment with a pediatric urologist or nephrologist may be helpful. A complete medical history, a physical exam and urine culture should be done. Further testing may be necessary if the child is also experiencing daytime accidents or urinary tract infections.
If your child is bothered by a wetting problem, professional help should be sought. A child's self-esteem can be severely affected by such a seemingly minor problem. Children who are helped to overcome their wetting often have a much brighter outlook on life. They develop a greater sense of self-confidence and flourish in other aspects of their lives. Seeking treatment for bed-wetting should not be avoided because of shame or embarrassment.