What is bedwetting?

Bedwetting can happen when a person (child or adult) is not aware that they need to wee at night and don’t wake up in time to use the toilet.

Staying dry at night is a balance between the amount of wee made during sleep and the ability of the bladder to hold that wee overnight.

Bedwetting is more common than most parents or carers think. It can also significantly affect your child socially and emotionally. Your child may feel left out, different to their classmates and have lower self-esteem.

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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