Bedwetting affects around 10% of all 4–15 year olds. Bedwetting is more common with boys than with girls and it can be a genetic issue. The bedwetting experience may be distressing for you and your child; however, remember that bedwetting is no one’s fault.

Always be optimistic with your child and reassure him/her that they are not alone. At school, plenty of other children will be experiencing the same problem. Always remember that your child will at some point no longer wet the bed.

Is there anything to prevent bedwetting?

  • Encouraging your child not to drink anything 2 hours before bedtime, especially caffeinated drinks like cola, can reduce bedwetting because caffeine, for example, encourages your child’s body to produce more urine
  • Ensure that your child goes to the toilet before going to bed and also that it is easy for them to get to the toilet if they do wake up during the night
  • Always put waterproof covers on your child’s mattress and duvet, with quilted, absorbent sheets. Following a bedwetting, use mild bleach or cold water to rinse your child’s nightwear and bedding before washing them as usual