Sickle cell enuresis or “bedwetting” means that the kidneys no longer concentrate (condense) urine like they should.
This results in:
• Larger amounts of urine
• Going to the bathroom often to empty the bladder
• Bedwetting, even when your child does not drink a lot before bedtime
What causes sickle cell enuresis?
When abnormal sickle cells get trapped inside the small blood vessels in the kidneys, they block blood flow and keep the kidneys from working as they should.
This can cause:
• Making more urine, this makes it easy to become dehydrated (losing too much water)
• Loss of salt and water balance in the body
• Increased thirst to make up for the water that is being
• lost in the urine
• Damage to the kidneys, which may get worse with time
Your child’s ability to control the extra urine at night depends on:
• Your child’s age and sex. It is more common in boys and in younger children.
• How deeply your child sleeps
• If bedwetting runs in your family
What symptoms could my child have?
Symptoms made include any of these:
• Urination (voiding) more of during the day and night
• Wetting the bed at night
If your child has a fever, burning or pain when he/she urinates, call the doctor right away to make sure your child does not have a bladder infection
How can I help my child?
• If your child has a problem with bed wetting, talk to your healthcare provider
• Your child is not doing it on purpose. Do not get mad or punish the child.
• Make sure your child drink plenty of fluids during the day so that your child can limit the fluid in-take before bed. Keep your child well-hydrated to avoid of kinds of sickle cell problems.