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Urinary incontinence in Children

Urinary incontinence is defined as involuntary voiding of urine ≥ 2 times/mo during the day or night. Daytime incontinence (diurnal enuresis) is usually not diagnosed until age 5 or 6. Nighttime incontinence (nocturnal enuresis, or bed-wetting) is usually not diagnosed until age 7. Before this time, nocturnal enuresis is typically referred to as nighttime wetting. These age limits are based on children who are developing typically and so may not be applicable to children with developmental delay. Both nocturnal and diurnal enuresis are symptoms—not diagnoses—and necessitate consideration of an underlying cause.

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