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Common dos and don'ts

We've included some suggested DOs and DON'Ts here that are designed to encourage you when managing a child with bedwetting. Please remember to always speak to your GP, School Nurse or Pharmacist if you have specific concerns or questions.


  • Remember, bedwetting is neither the child’s fault nor the parents'. Patience, love and encouragement will go a long way to resolving the problem for everyone in the family
  • Stay calm, be prepared and try not to worry
  • Encourage your child to drink normally throughout the day. It is important that they recognise the feeling of a full bladder
  • Try to keep an eye on what your child drinks to see if any type of drink makes them produce more urine at night. They can then try stopping drinking it to see if it helps
  • Ensure that your child has plenty of fruit, vegetables, cereal and fluids. This will help to avoid constipation which can contribute to bedwetting


  • Ensure that your child goes to the toilet before going to bed
  • Leave the light on at night to ensure that your child has easy access to the toilet
  • Allow your child to help with changing the bed and night clothes. It does help if they are actively involved in overcoming the problem
  • Make sure that your child has a bath or shower each morning. This removes the smell of stale urine and helps them feel more comfortable at school
  • Encourage your child to come out of nappies, but do make sure that the mattress and bedding are protected

Do not...

  • Get cross with your child, it’s not their fault
  • Use waking the child as a long‐term strategy to overcome bedwetting
  • Feel that this is a condition to be ashamed of
  • Dismiss the condition, think it will go away or that you are over reacting. Keep asking for advice from your healthcare professionals
  • Worry, you are not alone

Did you know?

There are
many treatment options
for bedwetting, and your
doctor can guide you
on the best one
for your child.

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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.