Symptoms & Signs
The main symptom is involuntary urination, usually at night, that occurs at least twice per month.
Diagnosis & Tests
Your child’s doctor will discuss the history of bedwetting in detail. You can help by keeping a detailed diary that outlines normal urination and wetting episodes, fluid and food intake (including time of meals), and sleep times.
A physical examination should be performed to rule out physical causes. A urinalysis will be done to rule out infection or diabetes.
X-rays of the kidneys and bladders and other studies are not needed unless there is reason to suspect some other problems.
Review Date : 5/12/2009
Reviewed By : Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.