11 year old girl wets herself regularly, doesn't care
Our almost-11 year old daughter continually wets herself day and night and doesn't seem to care about it. She often will continue to sit and play or do her activity as if nothing happens. This has been an issue for us for years. We have tried disciplining her, rewarding her, setting timers, having her wear a nighttime monitor, etc. Her pediatrician says she's physically fine. We know of no other physical issues nor are we aware of any particular psychological traumatic events. What is happening and how can we help her? We have backed way off from the issue for at least 2 years now, so we've pretty much left it up to her to simply grow out of it. But we can't stand her blow-off attitude about the whole thing. We are considering taking her to a child psych evaluation, but our primary care doctor won't authorize it.
Someone please help us on this. We are stumped. Thanks.
This is very unusual behavior for a child her age, not so much for the nocturnal enuresis (about 5%-7% of children are still wet at night at that age), but because of the daytime enuresis. I would not automatically think of this as a psychological issue, though it could be. Has she been evaluated by a pediatric urologist?
Thank you for your response. We have not yet seen a pediatric urologist, but I suspect we may start to insist more tests with our pediatrician. I have to say we are very frustrated (although we try to not show it) and are concerned. My personal concern is more about her mental state since she seems completely unconcerned about these events. My suspicion is that it will take a peer to first notice and then taunt her about wetting before any behavior changes. She often seems sensitive to certain peers' opinions, so I think this might be a catalyst for change.
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