Extreme daytime urinary frequency syndrome (1516)

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What is Extreme Daytime Urinary Frequency Syndrome?

This when a child who is potty trained suddenly starts to urinate (pee) a lot. It happens most often between the ages of 3 years and 7 years old.

This sudden change can be very concerning to parents. 

What causes it?

Most often, this is not caused by a physical problem, or a problem with the bladder or kidneys.  It is not always clear why children start using the bathroom so often. It may be caused by:

What testing is needed?

What can be done to treat this?

The need to go so often normally goes away on its own. Bladder medicines rarely help. It can take several months to go away completely. Until it does, be patient with your child and try not to get upset with them. This can make the problem worse for the child.  Other things you can try:

Your child’s healthcare provider will tell you if your child should have more treatment.  


Call your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic if you have any concerns or if your child has special health care needs not covered by this information.