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8-15 years

Hi im 20 years old and my younger sister who is 15 lives with me in california,lately she has been having accidents during the day and the night.For the night bedwetting i put her in adults dependes because shes a little chunky but those leak and she still ends up pretty wet.For the day time i dont make her put anything on because she goes to shool.But she keeps having accidents in school so now all she wants is to get something to help her stay dry.Why we try and help her stop.

The most common cause of daytime wetting amongst teenage girls is a urinary infection so it is important that you have ruled this out. A sudden onset of daytime and nighttime wetting can also be an indicator of juvenile diabetes. A return to wetting may be the result of stress or emotional upset. Adolescence can be an incredibly emotional and turbulent time; many teenagers feel confused and do not always know how to reach out to others for help. Common psychological stressors for adolescents include things like family disharmony, abuse, the loss of someone close, difficulties at school which may be related to peer relational problems such as bullying or the breakdown of an important friendship or exam-related anxiety. The first thing you need to do is to work with your sister to try and identify the reasons for her wetting. In some instances teenagers benefit from speaking with a mental health professional. You would need to ask your GP for a referral to a clinical psychologist who can spend time with your sister to help identify the underlying cause.Kind Regards,