Bed-Wetting Linked to Undiagnosed Constipation

Kids who wet on their beds may have constipation, study suggests.

According to research, bed-wetting may start from an undiagnosed constipation. The results were consistent among children who had bed-wetting issues. But when these children were given laxatives, within a few months time, most of them stopped wetting their beds.

Researcher Steve J. Hodges from the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center said:

"Most of these kids did not have symptoms consistent with constipation and the parents had no clue."

According to Hodges, stool left in the rectum of lower intestines can push against the urine bladder which reduces its capacity to hold urine. Although this has been known for almost two decades, only a few doctors do consider this as a cause when diagnosing their patients.

Children who have bed-wetting issues may have undiagnosed constipation

Since normal constipation does not necessarily tell whether a child will have stool in the rectum, Dr. Hodges and radiologist Evelyn Anthony examined abdominal x-rays to confirm it. X-ray films confirmed that all of the children had some form constipation although only 1 out of 10 had a known history of its symptoms.

When the children were given laxatives or enemas, 83 per cent of them no longer reported bed-wetting issues within three months.

Although Hodges stated he has already treated more or less 200 patients who had bed-wetting issues using this new approach, children who have this problem still needs to be evaluated thru abdominal X-rays before taking any drugs.

The link between bed-wetting and constipation is still unclear says pediatrician David Adam Perlstein, MD. More research is still needed to support this new findings.

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