Medications

Desmopressin

Your doctor may recommend treatment with a medication called desmopressin. Desmopressin should be used in conjunction with non-medicinal therapy, such as bladder exercises and counselling.

Desmopressin works by reducing the amount of urine that your child makes at night. The result is that your child’s bladder will not fill up as much and your child will be less likely to wet the bed at night.

There are some children that should not use desmopressin (e.g., if they have heart, liver, or kidney problems, or eating disorders). Talk to your doctor to learn more.

Side effects with desmopressin may include headache, nausea, and mild abdominal cramps. Excessive fluid intake may lead to a buildup of water, which dilutes the salt in the body in severe cases. This can become a serious problem and may lead to convulsions.

There are two ways to take desmopressin

Desmopressin is available in two forms: a pill which needs to be swallowed, or a melt which is a tablet placed under the tongue, where it dissolves. No fluid is needed to take a melt. A child may prefer one over the other – talk to your doctor about the right option for your child.

Naturally based treatments

Several naturally based herbal and homeopathic treatments are approved in Canada for the relief or temporary relief of bedwetting or its symptoms. Be sure to talk to your child’s doctor before starting any naturally based therapy to ensure it is appropriate for your child and won’t interact with other medications your child may be taking.

Only you and your doctor can determine the right treatment for your child. If bedwetting is a concern, don’t hesitate: talk to your doctor.

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