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Symptoms & Causes of Bladder Control Problems & Bedwetting in Children
Frequent Urination | Cleveland Clinic
Frequent urination means having an urge to pass urine more often than usual. It can disrupt one's normal routine, interrupt the sleep cycle, and it can be a sign of an underlying medical condition. Many people live with frequent urination, known medically as frequency. When one urinates more than 3 liters a day of urine, this is known as polyuria. Often, there is often a simple cause that can be put right through treatment. Frequency is not the same as urinary incontinence , where there is leakage of urine.
See a health care professional if you have symptoms of a bladder problem, such as trouble urinating, a loss of bladder control, waking to use the bathroom, pelvic pain, or leaking urine. Bladder problems can affect your quality of life and cause other health problems. Your doctor may be able to help you treat your UI by recommending a lifestyle change or a change in how much medicine you normally take. These symptoms can signal a serious health problem, including inflammation of the bladder, also called cystitis , or even bladder cancer.
Losing urine by accident is the main sign of a bladder control problem. Your child may often have wet or stained underwear—or a wet bed. Nighttime wetting is normal for many children—and is often not considered a health problem at all—especially when it runs in the family. At ages 5 and older, signs that your child may have a nighttime bladder control problem—whether due to slow physical development, an illness, or any cause—can include. If you or your child are worried about accidental wetting, talk with a health care professional.