Bedwetting among kids related to maturational delay: Paediatrician

ST Correspondent
Monday, 2 April 2018

Pune: If the child is wetting the bed in sleep, it is often associated with mental trauma. But bedwetting is not psychological. It is rather related to maturational delay, said Dr Amita Phadnis, leading paediatrician and Director at Oyster and Pearl Hospitals (ONP) during Continuing Medical Education (CME) session organised by ONP and Kothrud Doctors Association in the city recently.

She said that bedwetting is the least discussed topic but with it are associated many myths and misconceptions.

Pune: If the child is wetting the bed in sleep, it is often associated with mental trauma. But bedwetting is not psychological. It is rather related to maturational delay, said Dr Amita Phadnis, leading paediatrician and Director at Oyster and Pearl Hospitals (ONP) during Continuing Medical Education (CME) session organised by ONP and Kothrud Doctors Association in the city recently.

She said that bedwetting is the least discussed topic but with it are associated many myths and misconceptions.

“Nearly four to 14 per cent of children deal with bedwetting problems. Bedwetting usually occurs due to improper secretion of Anti-Diuretic Hormone (ADH) in the body or maturational delay. It means some children are quick to wake up feeling awkward in sleep and in others the reflexes are slow hence take time to react. Bedwetting can be cured by simple medical treatment,” Dr Phadnis said.

She said if the problem of ‘bedwetting’ reoccurs after six months of closure, it can be linked to mental stress.

“This phase is often referred as ‘Secondary Enuresis’ where bedwetting in children is triggered due to psychological reasons like divorce of parents, changing the child’s school or house and other unpleasant incidents. Psychotherapy is the best way to deal with this phase,” explained Dr Phadnis.

Dr Phadnis spoke on ‘Right approach and therapeutic options to manage bedwetting’. Dr Meenal Mehndale spoke on ‘Stress incontinence in women’ and Dr Sagar Bhalerao discussed excessive urination in the night, ‘Nocturia - Its impact, evaluation and diagnosis.’

Dr Babasaheb Mundhe, Secretary, Dr Dattaprasad Jangam, President, Kothrud Doctors Association also shared their views on the subject.

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