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Banish Bedwetting From Your Bedroom

Bedwetting in children is a common problem and it is estimated that there are nearly half a million children in the UK who regularly wet the bed. There are a number of causes why children wet the bed. Some children wet because they don’t produce enough hormone called vasopressin at night time that helps to reduce urine output. Sometimes an overactive bladder contributes to bedwetting episodes, with bladder contractions at night resulting in leakage of urine. Most bedwetters find it hard to respond to full bladder and therefore do not wake up at night to go to the toilet.

Children who are bedwetters need reassurance that they are not the only ones with bedwetting problems and that with increasing age it is likely resolve gradually. However, simple measures such as optimal fluid intake, toilet visit before bedtime and avoiding certain drinks in the evening can help to get the bedwetting under control. In addition, treatments such as alarms and medications can be tried to to suit the needs of the child and the family.

Many children and young people with persistent bedwetting feel isolated, embarrassed and unhappy. The impact of bedwetting can be enormous, not only affecting the child’s self-esteem but also the child’s social and emotional development. It is important to understand it is not the child’s fault and to avoid blaming and shaming them.

It is helpful to encourage your child to stay dry and provide them with support and praise to keep them motivated. Please do seek medical advice if your child has persistent bedwetting problems to enable early treatment, support and the best possible outcome.

Visit Eric, The Children’s Bowel Bladder Charity for more information and support.

www.eric.org.uk

Please click the links below to play video clips to learn more about bedwetting.

Child Bedwetting Explained

Bedwetting.ie – No More Nappies Compaign Video

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