Davina Richardson, RGN/RSCN Specialist Children’s Nurse at Bladder & Bowel UK, outlines the importance of identifying the right treatment options for bedwetting. Find out where you can go for quality information and why a timely assessment by your doctor or nurse can really make a difference.
Bedwetting is one of the most common medical conditions in childhood. It is considered a medical problem from a child’s fifth
birthday. Some children do grow out of it, but without treatment bedwetting can continue into adolescence and beyond. Children who are wet most nights are least likely to get better without treatment.
There is lots of information about bedwetting on the internet, but not all of it is up-to-date or reliable. However, websites such as Bladder & Bowel UK at www.bbuk.org.uk and www.stopbedwetting.org have useful and relevant information produced by specialist doctors and nurses who are used to working with children and young people in the UK who wet the bed.
Bedwetting is caused by different problems. These include either producing too much wee when asleep or having a bladder that is not holding the wee well enough. All children who wet the bed also have a problem waking up to their bladder signals (otherwise they would wake and go to the toilet).
The right treatment for a child or young person is the one that is most likely to treat the cause of the problem. If they have a problem both with the amount of wee they produce, and their ability to store it properly, they may need more than one treatment at the same time. Not all treatments are right for everyone, so assessment is important.
The main options for treatment are:
Your doctor or nurse should be able to provide more information and advice about bedwetting and discuss the right treatment options for you and your child, or refer you to a special clinic.
Bladder & Bowel UK also provide a confidential helpline service at email firstname.lastname@example.org or on telephone 0161 607 8219
Date of preparation: November 2019