You're not alone
Bedwetting is a common condition affecting one in five children (aged four-and-a-half-years old), but most children are dry by their fifth birthday. In the UK alone, half a million children aged 5–16 years old regularly wet the bed.
Bedwetting is treatable and you can help
Bedwetting can be very stressful and you may feel overwhelmed by not being able to help your child.
If your child is still wetting their bed, you are not alone. However, leaving it untreated can cause social and emotional issues for many children and young people.
Impact on children
Bedwetting can be very distressing for your child. 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
These feelings can affect your child and cause isolation from their friends, such as not being able to go to sleepovers.
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: email@example.com 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/2912/2017/UKb | Date of preparation: November 2017