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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?”

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.

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  1. There is a well known link between bedwetting and ADHD. I am surprised Larry hasn’t seen this.
    I was diagnosed with ADHD in my thirties and one of the things that made me think that I should look into ADHD was that the symptoms matched and I had read articles on the link between bedwetting and ADHD. In a recent study 75% of children diagnosed with ADHD also suffered from nocturnal bedwetting. The connection between the bladder and the brain (nervous system) is at issue. Like your son, all urology tests came back clear, it is a brain issue. Also ironically Larry’s advice in favour of hormone treatment is questionable because there is growing evidence that ADHD and autism is caused by hormones (synthentic ones) given to mothers during pregnancy or to infants post natally. In particular my mother was exposed in utero to “hydroxyprogesterone caproate”, which is being investigated for causing ADHD and Autism. My feeling is that the sex hormones on a growing fetus are potentially the smoking gun of ADHD. I would definitely consider the link between bedwetting and ADHD. Especially if his ADHD is more the inattentive non-hyper type.

    Simon

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