Pediatric Incontinence (Enuresis)

This information is useful for children
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Why Yale Medicine?
  • Ours is the first program in southwestern Connecticut focused on treatment of pediatric urinary incontinence.
  • Our Pediatric Bladder & Continence program is the largest in New England.
  • Our doctors and nurse practitioners are experts in the field who offer the latest treatments and diagnosis techniques.

Most children have accidents while learning to toilet-train, but the vast majority do so only rarely—and the problem usually goes away on its own. Yet, sometimes daytime urinary incontinence or bedwetting (called nocturnal enuresis) persists. And when that happens, it’s a good idea to get the problem checked out by a pediatric urologist.

“One-third of children who wet will continue to have urinary incontinence (in varying degrees) for the rest of their lives,” says Israel Franco, MD, a Yale Medicine pediatric urologist and director of the Pediatric Bladder & Continence Program. That’s especially true for girls with a type of incontinence called overactive bladders.

Bedwetting and daytime incontinence can run in the family, too. If you had urinary incontinence issues growing up, there’s a 40 percent chance your children will have them as well. If both both parents wet the bed or their pants during childhood, their children have the same issue 70 percent of the time.

Yale Medicine’s program is guided by the latest research and is staffed by leading experts in the treatment of urinary incontinence. The goal is to help children stay dry—both day and night. 

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