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Remedies for Adult Bedwetting

author image Iva Gutowski
Iva Gutowski is a practicing nurse with health care experience since 2001. She has worked in the hospital setting on medical/surgical floors and critical care units. She has been a writer since 1999. Her experience includes articles for "The Asheville Citizen-Times," "The McDowell News," and "The Old Fort News." Gutowski holds a License Practical Nursing degree from McDowell Technical Community College
Remedies for Adult Bedwetting
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Adult bedwetting can be an embarrassing condition to live with. It is necessary to visit a physician when this condition arises. Bedwetting in adults can be attributed to urinary tract infections, bladder cancer, bladder or kidney stones, anatomical abnormalities, small bladder, and other conditions according to MayoClinic.com. A physician will order tests and treatments for adults who experience bedwetting.

Bladder Training

Bladder training involves resisting the urge to urinate when the urge is first experienced. People who experience bed wetting as adults due to small bladders may find that this exercise increases the amount of time they can wait between bathroom visits and may start to experience dry nights with time. MayoClinic.com suggests waiting at least 10 minutes before urinating after experiencing a full bladder and increasing this waiting period with time.

Pelvic Floor Strengthening

Kegels are a type of pelvic floor strengthening exercise which help tighten the urinary sphincters which may allow urine to pass if relaxed. Squeezing and holding the muscles which are used to stop urine flow are used to create this exercise, according MayoClinic.com.

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Dietary Changes

A first resort among adult bedwetters is dietary changes. Stimulants such as caffeine, alcohol and foods containing these products should be eliminated or severely reduced. Limiting all fluids near bedtime will prevent excess urine production during the night. Limiting fluids near bedtime, however, does not mean reducing the amounts of fluid that are taken during the day. Adults should continue to drink at least 64 oz. of water per day.

Alarm Devices

Many companies make alarm devices which can be attached to the underwear that vibrate or alarm when a bedwetting episode starts to occur. These devices are designed to wake the person so that he may finish emptying his bladder in the toilet.


According to MayoClinic.com, there are several types of medications that can be prescribed to reduce or eliminate the need to urinate at night. A physician will determine which medications to prescribe the patient based on her specific condition.

Surgical Intervention

When anatomical abnormalities are present and all other methods to eliminate bedwetting fail, the physician may choose surgical intervention. Surgery will depend on the type of abnormality present, and will vary from case to case.

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