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Treatment of enuresis with psychoactive drugs


About one child in five wets the bed at the age of 4, and the symptom which is often related to minor psychological disturbances is unlikely to need attention so early in life. But even at the age of 14 over 2% do so.1 In the past many drugs have been tried, with little effect. Some physicians feel that the choice of drug is unimportant, since its function as a placebo is what really matters. Intelligent and sympathetic management are of the first importance, and drugs of any kind should be avoided if possible. It may still be necessary to help some schools or parents to realise that punishment is ineffective.

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