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Effective Ways to Manage Adult Enuresis

June 20, 2013 2 min read

Adult onset secondary enuresis, or adult bedwetting, occurs when an individual experiences nighttime wetting at an older age despite having achieve night dryness for many years in the past. Oftentimes, adult onset enuresis is associated with other symptoms and is a sign of a bigger medical issue. Such problems may include diabetes, enlarged prostate, urinary tract infection, pelvic organ prolapse disorder, neurological disorders or bladder cancer. Certain sleep disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea, may also play a role in adult bedwetting.

If you are experiencing adult secondary enuresis, be sure to contact a doctor to find out the cause of the problem. You want to rule out any underlying problems that may be causing urinary leakage. In the meantime, you’ll need to find ways to manage adult enuresis and stay dry at night:

  • Protect the mattress with a mattress underpad. These small bed pads are designed to keep the sheets dry and decrease your laundry load. The washable pads are convenient and economical because they can be reused over and over. Be sure to have a back-up on hand so you can easily switch out the soiled pad with a clean one in the middle of the night.
  • Stay dry with a nighttime brief. Disposable briefs from Tranquility are ideal for those who experience heavy nighttime incontinence. These briefs are highly absorbent and will get you through the night without any leakage. You can also try wearing washable pants if you don’t leak a lot, but still need some protection.
  • Void completely before bed. Remember to empty your bladder a few hours before you go to bed and again right before lights out.
  • Monitor fluid intake before bed. Be sure to stay hydrated throughout the day but limit your fluids in the evening. Avoid drinking caffeinated, carbonated or alcoholic drinks at night, as they can irritate the bladder.
  • Keep a bedside commode or portable urinal close. If you have difficulty getting to the bathroom at night, a bedside commode or portable urinal can help. These tools are especially helpful if you have physical aches and pains that prevent you from getting to the bathroom in time.


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