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Secondary enuresis, also known as secondary nocturnal enuresis, is one of two types of bedwetting. Unlike the most common type, nocturnal enuresis, secondary enuresis occurs when the child has been dry for a consecutive period of six months or more and then begins wetting the bed again.
The cause of bedwetting for a child who has always wet the bed is usually fairly common bladder development delays, amongst other causes, which generally iron themselves out over time.
What are Primary and Secondary Nocturnal Enuresis?
Bedwetting refers to uncontrolled urination – children who wet the bed do it neither consciously nor deliberately.
Primary bedwetting occurs when young children lack bladder control from infancy. Persistent bedwetting, that is bedwetting that occurs at least once or twice a week, is typically not considered to be a problem until your child reaches school-age.
Secondary nocturnal enuresis (SNE), on the other hand, occurs when a child or adolescent has maintained proper control over their bladder during the night for at least six months or more then begins to wet the bed again.
Secondary bedwetting accounts for approximately 1 in 4 of all bedwetting cases, with the number of children with secondary bedwetting increasing with age.
Secondary bedwetting often catches children and families by surprise and can be particularly distressing for all involved.
Children who are more vulnerable to this are ones who took longer to achieve nighttime continence.
Causes of secondary enuresis vary and tend to fall into one of two categories; emotional and physiological. In most cases the trigger will not be a medical issue.
There are a number of things you can do if your child has started wetting the bed again.
Treatment for secondary enuresis will depend on the cause. Some medical conditions, such as UTIs are easy fixes and will usually disappear with a course of antibiotics, while others may be more serious.
Bedwetting caused by emotional stress can sometimes be a little trickier to deal with and your child may need to speak to a counsellor. Less traumatic stress triggers, such as anxiety about school exams or moving house, generally sort themselves out over time, but it’s still important to be supportive and try to help ease their anxiety.
You should always consult your child’s GP for guidance on how to treat secondary enuresis.