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How can I help children who suffer from bedwetting?

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THIS ARTICLE WILL TELL YOU ABOUT

  • Enuresis or bedwetting in children
  • How it is assessed and treated
  • Useful advice for families
  • Who to refer children and families to

YOU WOULD BE LIKELY TO REFERENCE THIS ARTICLE IF YOU WERE RESEARCHING:

  • Bedwetting
  • Nocturnal enuresis
  • Paediatrics

IN WHAT SITUATIONS WILL THIS ARTICLE BE USEFUL FOR ME?

This article will be useful to you if you are working on a paediatric ward or on a community placement working with health visitors or community nurses. It may also be a topic that a concerned parent may bring up with you in any clinical situation as it causes considerable stress within families and distress to children who feel excluded from activities such as sleepovers and camping trips because of their nocturnal enuresis.

QUESTIONS FOR YOUR MENTOR/TUTOR

  • Who would I refer a worried parent to if they asked me for help?
  • What do continence nurse specialists do?

 STUDENT NT DECODER

  • Nocturnal enuresis: This is the medical term for bedwetting and is when a child involuntarily passes urine during sleep. It is common for children under 5 to regularly or occasionally wet their bed during the night but for some children under 5 and those over 5, assessment and treatment is needed.
  • Nocturnal: during the night
  • Vasopressin: a hormone produced by the pituitary gland responsible for regulating the body’s retention of fluid

 

 

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