How to support your child through bedwetting

Dry nights make happy days but getting there can be hard. These tips and ideas can help.

4 min read

How to support your child through bedwetting

Dry nights make happy days but getting there can be hard. These tips and ideas can help.

4 min read

How to support your child through bedwetting

Parents may feel helpless in the face of your child’s bedwetting, but don’t despair. We went in search of advice on things you can do every day to support them.

Keep an eye on how much they’re drinking

  • Make sure your child has access to enough water to drink – that fabled six to eight glasses – during the day, including at nursery or school.

  • Avoid fizzy drinks, caffeinated drinks and hot chocolate, all of which can irritate the bladder.

Make toilet time a priority

  • Help your child avoid constipation by encouraging them to eat a healthy and varied diet.

  • Remind your child to go to the loo regularly, around four to seven times a day, including just before bedtime.

  • Check your child is able to get to the loo easily at night and has enough light to do so. For younger children, you may want to leave a potty in their room (but somewhere it won’t be upended!).

Get a little bit of extra help—just in case

  • Try using Huggies® DryNites® Pyjama Pants as these help your child gain confidence by reducing anxiety at bedtime, ensuring they get a dry night sleep and wake up happy. In a survey, 80% of parents asked agree that Huggies® DryNites® Pyjama Pants help their child sleep better.

  • Make your own life easier and washing load lighter by fitting a water-resistant mattress protector and even waterproof covers for duvets and pillows. Huggies®DryNites® Bed Mats have a Stick & Stay Put adhesive backsheet which secures it to the mattress for extra security.

Best advice I was given was to put a waterproof on the mattress, then a sheet, then another waterproof and then another sheet, so that if there was an accident, you could strip the bed and it was already made underneath – saved so much time and stress, especially in the middle of the night.
Lyndsey, mum to Josephine and Beatrice

When to seek help for bedwetting

There is no definitive answer to the question, “What age should my child be dry at night?”, but NICE guidance suggests that if a child persistently wets the bed after the age of five, it may warrant a chat with your GP.

There are instances when enuresis in children can indicate a UTI or an underlying health condition or emotional issue. Your doctor will be able to offer advice or refer you for treatment if:

  • you've tried everything you can do at home and your child keeps wetting the bed.
  • your child has started wetting the bed again after being dry for more than six months.
  • there are other related symptoms, such as pain or discomfort while weeing, ongoing constipation or daytime wetting.

Bedwetting treatments on offer

Your GP may offer bedwetting advice, treatment options, or refer you to a specialist paediatric incontinence service. They may well ask questions about bladder and bowel habits, potty training and how much they drink and when, so be prepared. There are a few options they may recommend, including medication to help regulate the amount of wee the body makes during the night.

More bedwetting help and info

The children’s bowel and bladder charity, ERIC, runs a free helpline that is open Monday to Thursday, 10am to 2pm, and is free to call from landline and mobile numbers. Call 0808 1699 949 or go to www.eric.org.uk

Bowel and Bladder UK also has resources for parents and children, find them at www.bbuk.org.uk. And if you keep exploring, there are plenty of resources right at your fingertips on bedwetting, potty training and more.

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