Superhero tips

Helping end your child’s bedwetting may seem impossible.

Be your child’s superhero by trying these tips at home.

These tips are also a great way to involve your child and this may help them overcome bedwetting.

Routine

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A good winding down routine each night may help the brain release a hormone (vasopressin) which helps reduce the amount of wee produced at night. Sleeping in a darkened bedroom and avoiding electronic devices can also help release vasopressin. Keeping a routine of a regular bedtime can help your child have dry nights.

Water-based drinks

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Making sure your child is having enough fluids (at least six water-based drinks) evenly spaced throughout the day can reduce the risk of constipation. Ensuring their last drink is at least an hour before bed may help with their night-time bedwetting.

Caffeinated and fizzy drinks

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Avoiding fizzy drinks and caffeinated drinks (e.g. coffee, tea, cola and hot chocolate) may also help reduce the chances of bedwetting. Keeping tabs on what your child is drinking may help pinpoint drinks that may be the cause of their bedwetting.

Diet

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Ensuring your child has a healthy and balanced diet, and is eating at the right times could help stop bedwetting. Avoid foods that are high in salt or protein an hour before bed. While you are asleep, the body gets rid of extra salt and protein through weeing, so these foods before bed could make bedwetting worse.

Toileting

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Your child should go to the toilet as soon as they feel the need. Making sure your child goes to the toilet regularly throughout the day and just before they settle to sleep will help keep them dry at night. Ensuring your child has easy access to the toilet or potty during the night (such as keeping a potty or bucket in their room) can help.

No ‘night-time nappy’ trial

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Giving your child a ‘no night-time nappy’ trial for 3–4 days can also help your child overcome their bedwetting. If they stay dry, try a longer trial until they are regularly dry at night.

Rewards

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Many children need some encouragement to help themselves become dry and the use of reward charts and stickers can be helpful. Rewards can be given for drinking the right amount of fluids throughout the day, using the toilet before bed and/or helping to change the bed sheets. However, rewards should not be given for dry nights, as this is something your child cannot control consciously – instead praise them for dry nights.

Superhero diary

Getting your child the help they need can be much simpler with the superhero diary. This will help your child’s doctor or nurse understand your child’s bedwetting better. Be your child’s superhero and have all the right tools to help them beat bedwetting!

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Unleash your superpowers

Don’t forget to check out the superhero checklist to get your own personalised superhero discussion guide. This will help you start the conversation with your child’s doctor or nurse. Nothing can stop you from getting your child the help they need!

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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: bladderandboweluk@disabledliving.co.uk 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.

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