Nocturnal enuresis, more commonly known as bedwetting, affects approximately half a million children and teenagers in the UK. Some people can find bedwetting an embarrassing subject to talk about and this can delay the child, young person or family from seeking help.
Bedwetting can have a big impact on a child’s self-esteem and on their family life, but there are many things that can be done to improve the condition.
Children learn not to wet the bed at varying ages; no two children are exactly the same. It’s usual for a child to stop wetting the bed by the time they are 5 years old, so from 5 onwards you can seek support from your School Nursing team or GP in addressing this problem.
Recommended toilet training should include:
It’s important to praise your child for success; if things aren't going well, stick with nappies/pull-ups at night for a while longer and try again in a few months.
Before your child sees a health professional, encourage them to get into good bladder and bowel habits:
If you’ve consistently used all the advice given here and your child is still wetting the bed, contact your local School Nursing service for further advice and support.
Please note that services might vary in the different localities in Berkshire due to local commissioning arrangements.
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