Teenage incontinence


The unintentional release of urine during the day (diurnal enuresis) or while asleep at night (nocturnal enuresis)

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Teenage incontinence refers to the involuntary leakage of urine. Frequently referred to as bed-wetting, it can happen during the day (diurnal enuresis) as well as at night (nocturnal enuresis) when asleep. Incidents in teenagers can increase anxiety and stress.

Need to know

Your child's symptoms will depend on the type of incontinence they have. 

  • Urge incontinence, also referred to as an 'overactive bladder', involves a sudden and very strong need to empty your bladder. The bladder squeezes, causing an individual to urinate before they reach the bathroom.
  • Stress incontinence occurs during particular activities, such as sneezing, coughing, lifting, exercise, and laughing.
  • Overflow incontinence occurs when your bladder is unable to empty, leading to leaking.
  • Total incontinence occurs when your bladder can't store any urine at all, which causes you to pass urine constantly or have frequent leaking.
Your consultant will discuss your child's symptoms with you in order to make a diagnosis. While it is a common problem it could be an indication of an infection or neurological condition. While it can also be the result of congenital abnormalities of the urinary tract or bowel, this is likely to have been diagnosed earlier.
Depending on the diagnosis your consultant will be able to tell you what treatments are available.

Our Teenage incontinence locations

The Harley Street Clinic

The Harley Street Clinic

35 Weymouth Street W1G 8BJ London
The Portland Hospital

The Portland Hospital

205-209 Great Portland Street W1W 5AH London
The Shard Outpatients

The Shard Outpatients

The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street SE1 9BS London
The Wellington Hospital

The Wellington Hospital

8A Wellington Place NW8 9LE London

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.