Bedwetting is common... but treatable
Your child may feel that wetting the bed is their fault, but it is not. Most children are dry at night by their fifth birthday. If your child is five years old and still wetting their bed, there may be a reason why.
With your help your child can understand the causes and what can be done about their bedwetting. There are medical treatments available, and your child’s doctor or nurse can explain how each treatment works and help choose the treatment that’s best for your child.
What is World Bedwetting Day?
World Bedwetting Day was begun in 2015 by the International Children’s Continence Society (ICCS) and the European Society for Paediatric Urology (ESPU) to raise awareness about this common medical condition. This year’s theme focuses on ‘Time to Take Action’ as so much more can be done to diagnose and treat the condition.
By raising awareness of bedwetting as a common condition that can be treated, World Bedwetting Day aims to encourage families to discuss bedwetting with their doctor or nurse and get the help they need.
YOU’RE NOT ALONE...
More than 15% of children aged 7.5 years old wet the bed
In the UK half a million children aged 5–16 years old regularly wet the bed
Bedwetting can be distressing to your child and children who wet the bed have been shown to:
Have significantly lower self-esteem
Have the feeling of being 'different' to other children
Worry about others finding out
Toby is like any typical 5-year-old – he loves to play and have fun with his friends. However, he would wet the bed at night which made him reluctant to go on sleep-overs at friends’ houses. Fortunately, his bedwetting was picked up at an early stage thanks to a helpful school nurse, GP and paediatric continence nurse.
Together they made sure he received the right treatment at the right time meaning his bedwetting was well managed and Toby was able to get back to socialising with his friends.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 0161 607 8219. You can also visit this website for more information: www.bladderandboweluk.co.uk/children-young-people/children-resources.
More information is also available on www.eric.org.uk. 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/1195/2018/UK I Date of preparation: May 2018