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: 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


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