Nocturnal Enuresis or bedwetting affects half a million children and teenagers in the UK. There are reasons why a person may wet the bed. It is a medical problem that can be made worse by other conditions but the good news is that bedwetting is treatable!

Did you know that bedwetting runs in families! If one parent was a bedwetter then you have a 40% chance, if two parents were bedwetters then you have 70% more chance of being a bedwetter!

Bedwetting isn’t your fault. You don’t mean to wet the bed.

Reasons for bedwetting

  • Bladder does not stretch enough to hold the wee at nighttime
  • Your kidneys (where the wee is made) carry on producing too much wee at nighttime
  • You don’t wake up when your bladder sends a signal that it is full
  • What can also cause bedwetting:-
  • Constipation
  • A urine(wee) infection
  • Type 1 diabetes

What can help bedwetting

  • Go to your GP if you think you might be constipated, have a urine infection, or you are suspected of having type 1 diabetes
  • Drink plenty of water, aim to drink 8 full glasses per day spread out through the day. Have your last drink 1 hour before bedtime
  • Avoid drinking fizzy drinks, caffeine based drinks and black currant juice as these can make bedwetting worse
  • Go to the toilet regularly through the day. Go to the toilet just before you go to sleep and squeeze every last drop of wee out.
  • Be positive and try not to worry too much
  • Seek support and advice around treatments from your School Nurse.

You might need to see your GP who can make a referral to see the School Nurse in a clinic.