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How to help your child

The most important thing to bear in mind is that bedwetting is not your child's fault.

To understand whether your child's bedwetting is something that it would be helpful to seek further advice about, it may be useful to consider the following questions.

Is your child aged under 5 years?

The ability to stay dry at night is the result of a number of factors including maturation of the bladder, so it has developed the capacity to store urine for the 10-12 hours a child is asleep, and maturation of the kidneys, so they concentrate (produce less) urine overnight.

It is therefore very common for children under the age of 5 years to find it difficult to stay dry through the night. It is not usually necessary to seek medical advice for bedwetting for children under the age of 5 years unless there are other associated problems.

Self-help measures

If bedwetting is a recent development

If night time wetting is a recent or unusual development, it may be worth considering whether there are any other aspects in your child's life (such as just starting school) that could be influencing their difficulty in staying dry through the night.

Does your child drink the right amount of fluid for their age, throughout the day?

It is important that drinks are spread throughout the day (5 drinks by 5pm and only 2-3 drinks afterwards if they are thirsty) and that children are drinking the right amount of liquid for their age.

Adapted from CG111 Nocturnal enuresis - the management of bedwetting in children and young people: understanding NICE guidance. October 2010.

Age Sex Total drinks per day
4 - 8 years Female 1000ml - 1400ml
4 - 8 years Male 1000ml - 1400ml
9 - 13 years Female 1200ml - 2100ml
9 - 13 years Male 1400ml - 2300ml
14 - 18 years Female 1400ml - 2500ml
14 - 18 years Male 2100ml - 3200ml

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Does your child have a regular toileting pattern?

Children should go to the toilet to pass urine between 4-7 times a day. They should also open their bowels regularly - ideally every day but at least every other day.

Is your child aged 5 years or older?

If your child is aged 5 years or more, there may be treatment options available to you.

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.