How to cope with bedwetting


Are you struggling with helping your child sleep through the night without needing the loo?

Following on from World Bedwetting Day, which was on 30 May, some interesting research has shown that:

  • Bedwetting affects 1 in 15 seven year olds1
  • Boys are twice as likely to suffer as girls and the risk is 44% if one parent wet the bed as a child and 77% if they both did, suggesting a genetic link2
  • Bedwetting has been shown to have a serious impact on a child’s self-esteem, emotional well-being and school/work  performance3,4,5

Most parents mistakenly think that bedwetting is a phase that will pass.

In fact, bedwetting is usually caused by a medical condition – (over-production of urine at night, reduced capacity of the bladder, or an inability to wake up3), and can be treated relatively easily.

Successfully treating bedwetting removes the emotional burden placed on the child and improves day time functioning, including social and school performance6

To help encourage parents and kids to seek help, two cartoons have been created:

They are intended to show the bedwetting child that they are not the only one and that there is help at hand.

According to world expert, Professor Serdar Tekgül from the Department of Urology at Hacettepe University; Half of parents whose children wet the bed don’t seek medical help, preferring to try lifestyle solutions, which means there may be a significant delay before a patient has visited a healthcare professional about their bedwetting problem.”

1 Nevéus T. Nocturnal enuresis—theoretic background and practical guidelines. Pediatr Nephrol. 2011; 26:1207–1214
2 Iannelli V. Bedwetting. Available at Last accessed January 2017
3 Vande Walle J et al, Practical consensus guidelines for the management of enuresis. Eur J Pediatr 2012;171:971-98
4 Theunis M et al. Self-Image and Performance in Children with Nocturnal Enuresis. European Urology. 2002; 41:660-667
5 Joinson C et al. A United Kingdom population-based study of intellectual capacities in children with and without soiling, daytime wetting, and bed-wetting Pediatrics. 2007;120(2):e308-16
6 Van Herzeele C, Dhondt K, Roels S P et al. Desmopressin(melt) therapy in children with monosymptomatic nocturnal enuresis and nocturnal polyuria results in improved neuropsychological functioning and sleep. Pediatr Nephrol. 2016; DOI 10.1007/s00467-016-23351-3
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