What Causes Bed-Wetting?
Bed-wetting may result from urologic, rather than emotional causes more often than is realized, experience at the University of Missouri School of Medicine suggests.Enuresis emphasizes how much is yet to be learned about vesical anatomy and function, Ian Murchie Thompson, MD, told the Mid-South Postgraduate Medical Assembly in Memphis.Dr. Thompson, professor and chairman of the Section of Urology at Missouri, said studies are in progress there to learn more about this complex clinical problem.
Physicians are hard-pressed even to agree on a definition for enuresis, he pointed out, adding:"The one I like best is simply the child who wets the bed after he is toilet-trained and is aware of parental displeasure and the nuisance that this causes him or her personally." Usually, he said, this means a child older than four or five "and certainly we are not talking about children who