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J Med Assoc Thai. 2002 Jan;85(1):11-6.

Enuresis in children 5-15 years at Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health.

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  • 1Department of Child Psychiatry, Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health, Bangkok, Thailand.


A cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted to compare 179 enuretic and 811 non-enuretic patients at Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health from July 1998 through December 1998. The objective was to study the epidemiology, risk factors, behavioral and learning problems associated with enuresis in children 5-15 years old. Chi-squared analysis was used. The prevalence of primary, secondary and total enuresis was 15.4, 2.7 and 18.1 per cent respectively in 5-15 year old children. Of these, 88.5 per cent had nocturnal enuresis, 0.6 per cent had diurnal enuresis, 10.6 per cent had diurnal and nocturnal enuresis. Risk factors which significantly correlated with enuresis were the history of bed-wetting in the parents/sibling and inconsistent toilet training. We found that enuresis was not related to sex, birth order, LBW, socioeconomic, marital and parental educational status. Fifty-eight per cent of the parents thought that the enuretic problem needed further treatment.

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