Treatment options

Your child’s doctor or nurse can discuss potential treatments available to your child for their bedwetting.

Treating bedwetting is a combined effort – with your help your child can understand why they may be wetting the bed and what they can do to beat it.

The following treatment options are available to treat bedwetting from the age of five years and may help your child.

Treat early

Treating bedwetting early on can help your child in the future.

Having a discussion with your child’s doctor or nurse can help answer any questions you – and your child - may have about treatments. Get ready for the appointment by completing the superhero checklist and getting your personalised superhero discussion guide.

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The bedwetting alarm has a sensor. If the sensor gets wet, the alarm can wake your child. This will let them know it’s time to visit the toilet.

Desmopressin – melt

Desmopressin is available as a melt. This form will melt under your child’s tongue.

Desmopressin – tablet

Desmopressin is available as a tablet as well. The tablet is taken just before your child goes to bed.


Anticholinergics can reduce the bladder’s contractions and increase its ability to hold more wee.


Treatment can be offered to children over the age of five years.


If you have specific questions or concerns, talk to your child's doctor, school nurse, health visitor or pharmacist.

Bladder and Bowel UK offer a confidential helpline. If you would like to speak to someone, email: or phone: 0161 607 8219. You can also visit this website for more information:

More information is also available on ERIC, The Children’s Bowel & Bladder Charity, also offers a confidential helpline. If you would like to speak to someone, phone: 0845 370 8008.

Job code: MN/2912/2017/UKi | Date of preparation: November 2017