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Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   Hi There. I have a 5 year daughter who is wetting the bed every night. I wouldn't be so concerned but the smell is gives is not right. It is really pugnent. My family has a strong history of Diabetes (both my father & mother) and I'm worried it may be associated. She isnt overweight and NEVER stops moving. She is thirsty alot though. Should I be worried?
Doctor :   Hi
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How can I help you?
User :   Hi
User :   Hi There. I have a 5 year daughter who is wetting the bed every night. I wouldn't be so concerned but the smell is gives is not right. It is really pugnent. My family has a strong history of Diabetes (both my father & mother) and I'm worried it may be associated. She isnt overweight and NEVER stops moving. She is thirsty alot though. Should I be worried?
Doctor :   I can help you

User :   ok
Doctor :  
As you say your father and you are diabetic
User :   My mother and father, not me...I haven't been diagnosed
Doctor :  
Did you find out with your Doctor, whether it is Type 1 Diabetes or Type 2 Diabetes
User :   It is type 2
Doctor :   Then you should not be worried

User :   what is that smell then?
Doctor :  
If it is Type 1, there is a possibility
User :   That's what I thought
Doctor :  
More over pungent smell of the urine is not a feature of Diabetes
Doctor :  
It is normal to smell so
User :   Is it her diet then?
Doctor :  
Yes
User :   She drinks alot of milk whereas the rest of us do not
Doctor :  
That is fine
Doctor :  
let her drink lot of water and milk that is good for health
Doctor :  
you should not be concerned about it
User :   Are there any reasons for the bed wetting then?
Doctor :  
As long as she does not have anything and lose weight \
Doctor :  
she is fine
Doctor :  
Bedwetting can be normal till 6 yrs of age
Doctor :  
So you cannot blame entirely on Bed wetting
Doctor :  
You might have done your job of Toilet training
Doctor :   Try to incentivise her if she does not wet the bed a night
Doctor :  
try to make her visit the toilet before bed
Doctor :  
As she is drinking more fluids she tends to urinate in the night
Doctor :  
Now you have to modify her behaviour
Doctor :  
Do not give water or milk 2 hours before bed time
Doctor :  
Wake her up in the middle of the night to urinate in the bath
User :   In the bath?
Doctor :  
I mean toilet
User :   ok I'm doing all of that. I think she falls so asleep that she dreams she is on the toliet in her bed
Doctor :  
Did she stop urinating and resumed now?
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User :   yes I'm sorry I'm phone
User :   I'm back
User :   I'm in Belgium so she is at school
Doctor :  
Ok
User :   She can't seem to stop. To stop herself during the day she sits down on the floor and waits it out until she can stand up again and go to the toilet
Doctor :  
Did you see the Doctor for the same ?
User :   No we have just moved here and I'm not quite set up for that yet.
User :   She's getting better with that though as I am making her going to bathroom more
User :   Before we go out, before we come home from school etc
Doctor :   Ok, I opine that you should not worry about her Diabetes.

Doctor :  
The Bed wetting is normal till 6 years
User :   ok that was my worry
User :   Thank you
Doctor :  
Is there anything else
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I can help you with?
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User :   No that is everything thank you. Ok bye bye
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.

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Bye for now.
User :   Cheers!
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