Enuresis (day- or night-time wetting or bed-wetting) affects approximately 6% of young school children. There are many possible causes for this disorder which include both emotional and environmental factors.
Treatment options for enuresis
While enuresis is a chronic and complex problem amongst many families, it is treatable.
Medical examinations are important in order to rule out the existence of physical causes.
Behavioural therapy and parent management
The assistance of a psychologist is an integral treatment component for enuresis. Parents are encouraged to make toileting positive and adjust their attitudes towards toileting. During therapy, the child learns to become aware of their body cues which signal toileting. Parents can create a reward system, which provides incentives for the child to use the toilet. Any negative attention towards toilet training is reduced, whilst children are encouraged to be involved in cleaning up, which acts as a natural consequence.
Cognitive behavioural therapy
Co-existing emotional and behavioural disorders should be treated separately according to evidence based recommendations. If your child also has anxiety, depression, or oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), these conditions should be treated concurrently.
If you would like to find out more about our treatment for enuresis, or to book an appointment with one of our child clinical psychologists who provides treatment for this condition, please email or call the clinic on 0405 430 530.