Retention Control Training in the Treatment of Younger Versus Older Enuretic Children

Tammie Ronen*, Yair Abraham

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Abstract

This study compared the efficacy of retention control training (RCT) in two groups of children suffering from nocturnal enuresis: a younger-group of 15 children aged 4 to 5 years and an older group of 15 children aged 7 to 8 years. To control for family history, frequency, and type of enuresis, only children with primary nocturnal enuresis who had a family history of enuresis and who wet the bed 4 to 7 nights per week were included. RCT was found to be an effective treatment for young children who were closer to the final stage of bladder development, but not for older children. RCT may be used for older children as a preliminary treatment to increase functional bladder capacity, after which treatment of enuresis should be continued by other methods, such as bell-and-pad reinforcement programs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-82
Number of pages5
JournalNursing Research
Volume45
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1996

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