ADHD and Bed Wetting

Tess Thompson



ADHD is a condition that is generally associated with children. These children have a problem with controlling their behavior and are seen as being ‘hyperactive’ or ‘impulsive’. This condition has been studied extensively in children and till now, a permanent cure for this condition has not been found. At best, this condition can be managed effectively by the use of a combination of medicines and behavior therapy. However, doctors and pharmaceutical companies are working towards finding new ADHD treatments in their effort to finding a permanent cure to this condition. There are many other problems that have been associated with ADHD and one of these is bedwetting.

Most of the parents of the children who have been diagnosed with ADHD would agree with the statement that such children have a higher incidence of bed wetting. This association has been scientifically studied. In a study conducted by researchers at University of California, it was concluded that probability of bed wetting in children with ADHD was two to three times higher than the children without ADHD. This study was conducted in children of an average age of 10 years. Apart from bed wetting, these children had higher incidence of painful or difficult urination, incontinence, urgency and constipation. This shows that apart from bed wetting, these children also have a problem with normal bowel movements.

Most of the doctors treat this condition by administering medication like tricyclic antidepressants. Imipramin and Tofranil are some of the most common antidepressants used. For other children, Desmopressin acetate has been found to be effective. Given the side effects of these pharmaceutical drugs, more and more parents are now willing to try out natural medicines for ADHD and some have even experimented with natural remedies for ADHD. However, it is important to note that to effectively manage this condition, it is important to use a combination of medication and behavior treatment. Biofeedback, which is one such behavioral technique, teaches the person to control the muscles that are involved in urination by responding to physiological cues. It has been found to work effectively in children with ADHD, who have a problem with bedwetting. A scientific study, that involved biofeedback as a line of treatment, reported that it reduced bedwetting in the daytime by about 42%.

To summarize, bedwetting is a common problem with children diagnosed with ADHD. To manage these conditions, it is prudent to use a combination of medicines, pharmaceutical or natural, and behavior therapy like biofeedback.

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