Help your child stop bedwetting

Bedwetting is a very common childhood problem

It affects almost one in five children aged 5 and one in ten children aged 7. Children will not just “grow out” of this problem. We now know that this is a medical condition and is easily treatable.

There are two main reasons why children wet the bed:

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They produce too much urine (wee) at night or

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They have a problem with their bladder storing (holding on to) the urine all night.
If your child is 5 years or older and still wets the bed, speak to their doctor or nurse

Don’t be embarrassed to ask for professional help. They will be able to ensure your child gets the right assessment and will discuss the available treatment options.

Treating bedwetting will allow your child to enjoy their childhood, take part in sleepovers and have a dry night like their friends. There is no need for your child or family to continue suffering. Use our tips and resources to help you manage bedwetting at home and help your child get the treatment they need to stop bedwetting.

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: or phone: +44 (0)161 214 4591. You can also visit this website for more information:

Support, information and resources are also available from ERIC, The Children’s Bowel and Bladder Charity: and their freephone helpline: +44 (0)808 169 9949


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