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:-
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.