8+ years old Bedwetting & Sleepovers  

JCP 1748

Bedwetting can present some new challenges for older children, but with your help and support they will be able to overcome any issues. Here’s how to manage some common situations your child might face:

Growing self-awareness

As their bodies change and develop, children become much more aware of themselves. Even if bedwetting didn’t really bother them before, as they get older it’s likely to become more of an issue as they realise that it isn’t something that happens to everyone.

It’s really important to show your child that you understand what they’re going through and that it’s not their fault. Encourage them to talk about it and to share their feelings and concerns so that you can tackle them together. Being slightly older, it’s also useful to help them learn about bedwetting so that they understand why it happens and what they can do about it.

It’s also worth visiting your doctor, school nurse or health visitor at this stage to identify or rule out any medical issues. Ask about treatment options to consider such as bedwetting alarms and different types of medication.

Sleepovers and nights away from home

If your child is keen to try sleepovers but is worried about bedwetting, encourage them to believe it’s something they can manage – and enjoy! Explain that with your help you can both take steps to help avoid an accident while away from home. Let them know that many children wet the bed at their age so there will be lots of other children going on sleepovers who will need to take the same precautions.

One of the most helpful ways to manage the problem away from home is with DryNites® Pyjama Pants. Discreet under nightwear and highly absorbent, they protect against accidents and give your child confidence and independence at bedtime. 

Remind your child to drink a little less liquid in the run up to bedtime and to take a last wee before lights out. Pack spare DryNites®, a change of pyjamas and a plastic bag for wet stuff just in case. Plenty of rest and a good night’s sleep the night before a sleepover is also a good idea as children often don’t sleep as well when away from home.

With your child’s permission, talk to the adult at wherever your child will be staying about the situation in confidence. Putting them in the picture will allow them to help your child if the need arises and will hopefully reassure your child that help is at hand if needed.