Daytime Wetting (Pediatric)

Daytime wetting in children, also known as daytime urinary incontinence or daytime enuresis, refers to the involuntary release of urine during waking hours. This condition can be distressing for both children and their parents. There are various potential underlying causes for daytime wetting, and it’s important to identify the cause in order to implement appropriate management and support.


  • Bladder Dysfunction: Dysfunction in the coordination between the bladder muscles and the urethra can result in daytime wetting.
  • Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs): UTIs can cause irritation and changes in urinary habits, including daytime wetting.
  • Constipation: Constipation can put pressure on the bladder and lead to urinary symptoms, including daytime wetting.
  • Stress or Anxiety: Emotional stress or anxiety can sometimes contribute to urinary issues.
  • Voiding Dysfunction: Difficulties with coordination of the muscles involved in urination can lead to bladder emptying problems and accidents.
  • Overactive Bladder: Some children might have an overactive bladder, which can lead to frequent and urgent urination and occasional daytime accidents.


  • A pediatric healthcare provider, such as a pediatrician or pediatric urologist, will conduct a thorough evaluation to determine the cause of daytime wetting.
  • The evaluation may include a medical history review, physical examination, urine tests, and potentially additional tests to assess bladder function.

Treatment and Management

Treatment depends on the underlying cause and may include:

  • Behavioral Interventions: Timed voiding, bladder training, and fluid management can help regulate bladder habits.
  • Treating Constipation: Addressing constipation through dietary changes and, if necessary, medication, can improve urinary symptoms.
  • Medications: In some cases, medications might be prescribed to manage overactive bladder symptoms. However, this is not the first line of treatment.
  • Psychological Support: If stress or anxiety is a contributing factor, psychological support might be beneficial.

Parental Support

  • Parents should provide emotional support and reassurance to their child. Avoid blaming or shaming the child for accidents.
  • Encouraging open communication about urinary habits and any discomfort or concerns the child might have is important.

School Considerations

If daytime wetting is a concern, parents should communicate with the child’s school to ensure proper support and access to restroom facilities.


Regular follow-up appointments with a healthcare provider are important to monitor progress and adjust the treatment plan if needed.

If your child is experiencing daytime wetting, it’s advisable to consult a pediatric healthcare provider for evaluation and guidance. The healthcare provider can help identify the underlying cause and recommend appropriate strategies to manage and address the condition, improving your child’s urinary health and overall well-being.

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