Geriatric Expert Shares Tips on Addressing Bedwetting and Overactive Bladder
Thursday, 19-August-2021 18:00
JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Bedwetting and overactive bladder are two problems that can be experienced by anyone from children to the elderly, said Prof. Dr. dr. Siti Setiati, Sp.PD, KGer, M.Epid from the Geriatric Division, Department of Internal Medicine, FKUI-RSCM.
Overactive bladder or OAB is a urinary function disorder or urinary storage disorder in the bladder, characterized by an unbearable, sudden urge to urinate, followed by frequent urination.
In terms of frequency of urination, those who urinate can urinate 8 times or more in 24 hours. In fact, normal people are usually 4-5 hours or a maximum of 6 times a day.
Bedwetting (incontinence) is a condition when a person is unable to hold or control the flow of urine, and this is generally a continuation of OAB.
"The problem of bedwetting and OAB are not only for the elderly, it is cross-age," said Prof. Siti at an online media education, on Thursday (08/19/2021).
According to Prof. Siti, both OAB and bedwetting cannot be considered a normal problem because it can reduce the quality of life, starting from sleep disturbances due to frequent awakenings at night to urinate, difficulty in activities, worrying about not being able to find the bathroom when traveling, and so on.
In them, especially the elderly, frequent urination and rushing because they can't hold it can increase the risk of falling.
On the other hand, diapers or pads are not considered a solution because they can cause new problems, namely rashes to blisters on the buttocks.
The good news is that some causes of bedwetting and constipation can be corrected without medication, so patients don't have to rush to take medication.
Medical personnel will definitely do a more thorough assessment first before giving the drug.
Before taking medication, dealing with these two problems can be done in a number of ways, including: limiting drinking intake, not drinking 2 hours before bedtime, reducing caffeine consumption, alcohol, soft drinks, sugary drinks, quitting smoking, losing weight if previously overweight, bladder retaining.
Exercises, for example, that focus on the pelvic floor muscles can also be done, as reported by Antara.
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