Is bedwetting causing your family distress?

Bedwetting can cause sleepless nights and piles of washing. If a child is older and at school, it can inhibit their desire to ‘sleep over’ at their best friend’s place. It can also cause emotional distress for everyone in the family, especially mums and dads trying to do their best.

So, what do you do as a parent if you are faced with a child who continually wets the bed? Let’s shine a little light on some of the facts:

•• Children do not wet the bed on purpose.
•• Bedwetting is as common as having a fussy eater.
•• Very rarely, in fact, in around two per cent only, medical causes are the reason for bed wetting.

Here are some ideas that might help you get back to getting a good night’s sleep:

•• Make sure your child goes to the toilet before bed.
•• Use waterproof sheets.
•• Have spare pyjamas and sheets next to the bed, just in case.

There are however, situations where it’s time to get medical help. Westmead Children’s Hospital recommends that this might be a good idea if:

•• Your child is still wetting the bed after the age of about six or seven, and the child is unhappy or worried about it.
•• Your child has persistent daytime wetting.
•• Your child has been dry at night for over a year and suddenly starts to wet the bed again.

Every child is unique, so if you are concerned, it’s always best to seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding your child’s condition.

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