ADHD and Bedwetting

If your child experiences both ADHD and bedwetting symptoms, you’re not alone. Population based studies show that 20-30% of children that experience bedwetting also experience disorders such as ADHD. Daytime incontinence is also relatively common in children with externalising disorders.

Helpful tips on managing bedwetting

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Helpful tips on managing bedwetting. The best cure for bedwetting is time and patience, but luckily there are plenty of methods and tools you can use to manage bedwetting in the meantime. Bedwetting products, as well as a few simple ... Read More

How are they linked?
It’s still not entirely clear why so many children with ADHD have this issue. It may be because both conditions are associated with a delay in the development of the central nervous system, or possibly because children with ADHD have a more difficult time paying attention to their bodily cues.

What can I do?
The treatment for bedwetting in children with ADHD is largely the same as any other, with some minor adjustments. Seeing the doctor is important when ADHD and bedwetting exist together, especially before prescribing medication, as some medications may clash.

Since children with ADHD often have problems with organisation and concentration, you may find yourself needing to prioritise symptoms in order to accommodate your child’s shorter attention span. If your child has a variety of behavioural difficulties, it can be impossible to address them all at once. Whenever you decide to treat your child’s nocturnal enuresis, you may have to back off with some other behavioural goals to avoid being overwhelmed.

There is some suggestion that children with ADHD are more resistant to treatment, so don’t be too put off if things are slow going. Bedwetting is a phase that many children go through and recover from.

Your own health
Caring for a child with ADHD is no small feat. Combining that responsibility with symptoms of nocturnal enuresis often results in increased challenges and upsetting circumstances for children and parents alike.

How you respond to these challenges can have a big impact on your child, who may already feel bad. With this in mind, it’s worth considering that looking after yourself is often one of the best ways to look after others.

Reach out to family and friends for support when you need it. Take breaks whenever you can, like when your child is at day-care, at school or on a trip. Talk to other parents with children that have ADHD, and find out what works for them. Whatever you can do to maintain good mental health, go for it.

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