Bedwetting is common in young children, but gets less common as children get older.
Most children respond well to treatment, although they may still wet the bed from time to time.
Bedwetting treatments you can try at home
It’s best to try a few measures yourself first, such as:
- not giving your child anything to drink in the hour before bedtime
- making sure they have a wee before going to sleep
Reassure your child. It’s important for them to know they haven’t done anything wrong, and it will get better.
Don’t tell them off or punish them for wetting the bed as this won’t help and could make the problem worse.
Causes of bedwetting
There’s usually no obvious reason why children wet the bed, but it could be because your child:
- produces more wee than their bladder can cope with
- has an overactive bladder, meaning it can only hold a small amount of wee
- is a very deep sleeper, so they don’t react to the signals telling their brain their bladder is full
Bedwetting often runs in families.
Constipation is often linked with bedwetting. Sometimes treating constipation is all that’s needed to treat bedwetting.
Occasionally, bedwetting is triggered by emotional distress, such as being bullied or moving to a new school.
In rare cases, bedwetting may be a symptom of an underlying health condition, such as type 1 diabetes.