The causes of bedwetting
Bedwetting is a medical condition that can have many causes. As bedwetting is out of your child’s conscious control, finding the cause can help treat it.
It’s important to discuss these causes with your child’s doctor or nurse to help pinpoint what may be causing the bedwetting. They can also use this information to choose the right treatment for your child. In the meantime, telling your child that bedwetting isn’t their fault can help reassure them.
Your child may be wetting the bed because of the following:
A lower than normal level of a hormone called vasopressinRead more
A smaller than normal bladderRead more
Bladder muscle twitchingRead more
Failure to wake upRead more
Urinary tract infectionRead more
Genes – bedwetting runs in familiesRead more
Anxiety, stress or changes in routineRead more
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.bbuk.org.uk/children-young-people/children-resources.
Support, information and resources are also available from ERIC, The Children’s Bowel and Bladder Charity: www.eric.org.uk and their freephone helpline: 0808 169 9949
This website is intended for UK residents only.
Job code: MN/2912/2017/UKd | Date of preparation: November 2017