Are you worried about night time potty training and bedwetting?
Once your child has mastered day time potty training, you may be starting to think about night time potty training. Your child may not be ready for this straight away though as many children can take about another 6 months after staying dry during the day before they are ready to tackle night time. In fact, it can take even longer with one in four children still wetting the bed at five years old and older.
When is bedwetting a worry?
But what is ‘normal’ and when should you start to worry that your child is having more problems staying dry at night?
We asked child continence charity ERIC UK for their advice about bedwetting, and in the run up to the World Bedwetting Day (WBD)*, this is what they had to say…
Bedwetting is a common medical condition that can have a serious impact on a child’s self-esteem, emotional well-being and day-to-day life, including their achievement at school and their social life.
*World Bedwetting Day is an initiative led by a working group consisting of the International Children’s Continence Society (ICCS) and the European Society of Paediatric Urology (ESPU), with the support of Ferring Pharmaceuticals. The first WBD was held in October 2015, but from 2016 onwards it will be celebrated in May.
Did you know?
Bedwetting affects about 15.5% of 7 year olds, 9.5% of 9 year olds and 1-2% of teenagers
It is an often misunderstood condition.
Many people think it is the child’s fault because they are lazy or naughty, and because of the lack of understanding of the causes of bedwetting and a reluctance to talk about it, around half of families affected don’t seek help.
Bedwetting does not have a psychological cause, in most cases it is caused by over-production of urine at night or reduced capacity of the bladder. Bedwetting is nobody’s fault, and families and doctors should be able to discuss the condition without embarrassment or guilt. However, the impact is often underestimated and trivialised, so help is not sought or offered.
If you think your child is struggling with bedwetting, seek help from ERIC UK
and take a look at their helpful booklet