ADHD and Bed Wetting


"Our 10-year-old son still wets his bed, yet a urologist could find nothing wrong. Could ADHD be to blame?"

Dr. Larry Silver specializes in treating children with attention deficit disorder (ADHD).

I know of no correlation between ADHD and bedwetting. Try limiting your son's fluid intake after 6 p.m. Make sure he goes to the bathroom before going to sleep. Try waking him three hours after bedtime to go again. Many parents have had luck with bedwetting "alert" devices, such as Wee-Alert. If the problem continues, ask your doctor about trying hormone therapy to decrease nighttime production of urine or increase the bladder's capacity.

Larry Silver, M.D., is clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and director of training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He is a former acting director and deputy director of the National Institute of Mental Health, as well as the author of Dr. Larry Silver's Advice to Parents on AD/HD and The Misunderstood Child: Understanding and Coping with Your Child's Learning Disabilities.
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