What is World bedwetting Week?

World Bedwetting Day, now World Bedwetting Week began in 2015 by the International Children’s Continence Society (ICCS) and the European Society for Paediatric Urology (ESPU) to raise awareness about this common medical condition. The theme focuses on ‘Time to Take Action’ as so much more can be done to diagnose and treat the condition.

By raising awareness of bedwetting as a common condition that can be treated, World Bedwetting Week aims to encourage families to discuss bedwetting with their doctor or nurse and get the help they need.

Time to take action

World Bedwetting Week aims to encourage families to discuss bedwetting with their doctors and get the help they need.

Get the facts

Bedwetting is common...but treatable

Your child may feel that wetting the bed is their fault, but it is not. Most children are dry at night by their fifth birthday. If your child is five years old and still wetting their bed, there may be a reason why.

With your help your child can understand the causes and what can be done about their bedwetting. There are treatments available, and your child’s doctor or nurse can explain how each treatment works and help choose the treatment that’s best for your child.


Bedwetting can be distressing to your child and 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


Toby is like any typical five year old - he loves to play and have fun with his friends and family. However, Toby wets the bed at night. His mum was worried about whether this would get better on its own. Fortunately, his bedwetting was picked up at an early stage thanks to a helpful school nurse, GP and paediatric continence nurse.

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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: bbuk@disabledliving.co.uk or phone: +44 (0)161 214 4591. 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: +44 (0)808 169 9949


This website is intended for UK residents only.

Job code: UK-MN-2300010 I Date of preparation: June 2023