Enuresis: What Is It?

Enuresis is a disorder characterized by a child’s repeated voiding of urine into a his bed or clothing, night or day. It’s diagnosed only in children who are 5 or older. The incontinence is usually involuntary, but sometimes voluntary.  Some children with enuresis may not notice that they need to go to the bathroom.  Others may realize that they need to urinate but then become distracted and forget until it is too late.  While most children outgrow enuresis by adolescence, the disorder can cause them great embarrassment and may create a strain on the whole family.