Stop Bedwetting

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  • Boys are more likely to wet the bed than girls up to their teenage years, when the likelihood becomes more equal. As children get older they are more likely to become dry at night
  • When children are potty trained they learn to recognise the sensation of a full bladder and develop the ability to wait until they get to a toilet or potty. Most children gain day-time control by the age of 3, but night-time control takes a little longer - girls often achieve this earlier than boys


  • If one parent wet the bed as a child, the risk of his/her children also being affected by bedwetting is around 40%, this percentage may be higher if both parents were affected
  • Around 17% of 7 year old boys wet the bed. Around 10% of 7 year old girls wet the bed
  • Children are often extremely embarrassed about bedwetting - it can be humiliating and upsetting. This may have a negative effect on their self-esteem
  • NICE advises that the consumption of caffeine-based drinks should be avoided in children and young people with bedwetting
  • Parents may be reluctant to take a child with bedwetting to seek medical advice until a very late age but, if treated early, bedwetting is less likely to continue into childhood
  • There are many treatment options for bedwetting, and your doctor can guide you on the best one for your child


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Lloyds parent leaflet

ERIC patient leaflet

If you have specific concerns or questions after reading the information above, we recommend that you visit your GP, school nurse or pharmacist to discuss them.