Glossary

BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION:

(also known as Alarm or conditioning therapy)

One of the least invasive approaches used to treat bed-wetting. It involves the use of a sensor (moisture alarm device) attached to a child=s underwear or pajamas. When wetting occurs a buzzer sounds and wakes the child . Eventually, the child should wake on their own as he/she learns to sense bladder fullness. Other behavior procedures include recording whether you were wet or dry each morning and the use of incentive systems to keep people motivated to continue wearing the alarm.

BLADDER:

The bladder is like a balloon that holds the urine produced by the kidneys.

BOWEL:

Another name for the intestine.

CATHETER:

A slender tube inserted into the bladder.

CONSTIPATION:

Hard or infrequent bowel movements.

DESMOPRESSIN:

One of several medications used to treat bed-wetting.

ENURESIS:

The medical term for bed-wetting. It means that a child continues to wet past the age when most children are successfully toilet trained.

HYPNOTHERAPY:

Therapy using hypnotism to treat bed-wetting.

IMIPRAMINE:

One of several medications used to treat bed-wetting.

SOILING:

Passage of stool into the underwear rather than a toilet.

SPHINCTER:

Muscle at the bottom of the bladder that acts like a gate to hold urine in. The brain sends messages to muscle to open or to stay closed at the right time.

VOIDING DYSFUNCTION:

(also Voiding disorders) Medical term used to refer to bladder problems that cause day and nighttime wetting.