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7 Surprising Facts About Daytime Wetting

Lots of people wet themselves during the day - more than you'd think!
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1. Daytime wetting can be embarrassing, stressful and unpleasant
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But it is not uncommon. Daytime wetting might result in damp underwear or – much less often – a sudden emptying of the whole bladder.

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2. Lots of teenagers have wetting accidents in the day
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For all kinds of reasons and there is help available. Always visit your doctor if you have a daytime wetting problem as something can usually be done to help.

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3. A common cause of daytime wetting is an over-active bladder
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This is a bladder that is twitchy and unpredictable and needs emptying often and suddenly – sometimes without much prior warning. This rapid and unpredictable urgency can result in a leak or two before the safety of the loo is reached. Medication can be prescribe that might help.

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4. Another cause of daytime wetting could be constipation
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People need to poo every day, or every couple of days, any less than that and constipation is setting in. Constipation means that the bowel is overloaded with poo and could be putting pressure on the bladder causing wee to leak out unexpectedly.

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5. Bladder infections - known as a urinary tract infection (UTI) – usually affect girls, but boys can get them too
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They are horrible and painful and can make you very unhappy.  UTIs should never be ignored or left untreated.  A person with a UTI will feel a constant need to have a wee, but will wee out very little, and when they do wee it stings and the wee smells a bit like fish – a very unpleasant experience from start to finish. The good news is medication can easily clear it up.

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6. Sometimes a girl's pelvic floor muscles might be weak
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This can cause them to unexpectedly leak wee – particularly when they are running or dancing. See more at: http://www.eric.org.uk/Hub/hub_daytime_cause#sthash.Pq2Yi7Kb.dpuf

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7. Drinking well and visiting the toilet regularly can help you to manage daytime wetting
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This is known as ‘bladder training’- See more at: http://www.eric.org.uk/Hub/hub_daytime_treatment#sthash.Pit3HTLN.dpuf

how to get help

If you have any more questions on this area or would like to speak to somebody about this topic, then please contact your public health nurse.

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