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Enuresis and Sickle Cell Disease

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source: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

year: N/A


Enuresis is defined as urinating when you do not intend to go. Enuresis is often called bed-wetting when it occurs at night. Enuresis is a common problem for children and teens with sickle cell disease. It happens because they are unable to concentrate their urine well, and they are encouraged to drink a lot of fluids to prevent pain crises. Bed-wetting is a symptom of sickle cell disease; it cannot be helped. Punishment will not correct this condition.

What are the symptoms of enuresis in a child or teen with sickle cell disease?
• Urinating more often during the day
• Bed-wetting at night

What problems may result?
• Social anxiety (embarrassed) about wetting the bed
• Caregivers who are unhappy about having to wash bedding so often


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