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7. Wet, wet, wet

Enuresis is a cruel and humiliating condition. Hard on pre-teens, parents and your washing machine. Stop just dreaming about dry nights … here’s how to make them happen.

Experts divide bedwetting (or enuresis, as it’s known in the trade) into two types:

  • Primary nocturnal enuresis is the name we give to bedwetting in children who have never been dry at night.
  • Secondary nocturnal enuresis refers to bedwetting in children who have had dry nights for at least six months in the past.

We only consider bedwetting to be a problem in kids who are five or older, because before then they’re not able to control bladder muscles.

Bedwetting can be a dreadful stigma for those children affected by it. Sometimes siblings pick up on it ...

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