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DDAVP Helped Child Stop Wetting the Bed

Children may be wetting the bed into their school years because of a hormonal imbalance. In such cases, DDAVP nasal spray can be very helpful.

Q. At eleven, my daughter was still wetting the bed. Alarms and waking her up before we went to bed were completely ineffective.

The doctor explained that she was lacking a particular hormone and prescribed DDAVP nasal spray. This has been a godsend and allows her to sleep through the night without accidents.

A. Your daughter may have diabetes insipidus, which is quite different from diabetes mellitus. If she lacks arginine vasopressin (antidiuretic hormone), the result is excessive thirst and frequent urination.

Not all bedwetting is caused by diabetes insipidus, but DDAVP (desmopressin, a synthetic substitute for vasopressin) is prescribed for this condition.

Alarms and other behavioral treatments seem to work quite well when there is not a significant hormonal disturbance.

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Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist who has dedicated his career to making drug information understandable to consumers. His best-selling book, The People’s Pharmacy, was published in 1976 and led to a syndicated newspaper column, syndicated public radio show and web site. In 2006, Long Island University awarded him an honorary doctorate as “one of the country's leading drug experts for the consumer.”.
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