Approach

When approaching a child for the first time who presents with enuresis, it is vital to determine that both the patient and the family are in agreement that there is a problem and they are all committed to a treatment plan. If the child shows little interest or does not recognise it as a problem, then it is wise to delay treatment until that time arrives. Likewise, parents must be educated that treatment will require their involvement and patience. If the parents do not demonstrate a willingness to be involved, or are relying on shame to motivate the child, the physician must do some groundwork with the parents to ensure their support through diagnosis and treatment.

BMJ Best Practice is an evidence-based point of care tool for healthcare practitioners.

To continue reading and access all of BMJ Best Practice's pages you'll need to log in or start a free trial.

You can access through your institution if your hospital, university, trust or other institution provides access to BMJ Best Practice through either OpenAthens or Shibboleth.

Use of this content is subject to our disclaimer