8+ years old Managing Bedwetting  

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While bedwetting is less common in older children, it's a problem that many deal with. As your child gets older their increased awareness of the situation can cause a greater impact on them so it’s important to manage it with this in mind: 

Arm yourself with information

Learning all you can about bedwetting will prove invaluable to both you and your child. Being able to answer your child's questions, explain what's happening or even pointing them in the right direction for expert answers will be a real help to your child. Knowing why it happens and what you can do to help will also make you feel more in control of the situation.

Show understanding

Bedwetting in older children can be a really emotional issue, as the older they are the more concerned they will be about the perception of others. Also, older children who wet the bed tend to assume that there's something wrong with them and may suffer from low self-esteem as a result. Showing them that you understand these feelings will help them feel supported and less alone with the problem.

Be open

It’s important for your child to know that you're happy and willing to talk about the situation, as communicating openly will help everybody involved deal with the situation more effectively. Some older children who wet the bed may feel they have to hide the problem from everyone, but having someone to talk to openly about all the issues will help them deal with their feelings and concerns.

Provide encouragement

Bedwetting can have a profound effect on children, sometimes lowering their self-esteem. Knowing it's not their fault and that you’re there to support them until it is solved can make a real difference. Give them encouragement to ward off negative feelings and boost their confidence, especially at a time in their life when emerging independence is crucial to their development.

Expert help

Identifying or ruling out any medical causes of bedwetting can be useful at this stage so it could be a good idea to make an appointment with your doctor, school nurse or health visitor. There should also be a NHS continence clinic/adviser in your area. 

DryNites® are also here to help. DryNites® Pyjama Pants provide unbeatable overnight protection, breaking the cycle of worry and allowing a good night’s sleep. What's more, they’re discreet and can be used just like regular underwear, helping to boost children’s confidence for the night ahead.