ADHD and Bed Wetting

Filed Under: ADHD Sleep Advice

Q:

"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).
A:

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 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. He is also a clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
 
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