Bedwetting is a common part of growing up and something 25% of children will experience. There are many myths surrounding bedwetting that could impact your child’s ability to overcome this developmental phase. We’ve debunked the most common bedwetting myths to enable you to provide the best support for your child.
Bedwetting (also known as enuresis) is a common condition. 1 in 4 children experience bedwetting at age 5 and 1 in 20 experience bedwetting at age 10. Bedwetting in teens is not uncommon either and can be embarrassing and confusing for those experiencing it.
We’ve taken a look at the most common myths surrounding bedwetting and given you the facts to help children, young people and parents understand and manage bedwetting better.
“My child is choosing to wet the bed”
- Bedwetting is not a behavioural problem.
- A child will not choose to wet the bed.
- Some children grow out of bedwetting naturally.
- If bedwetting persists, medical support is available.
“I’m to blame for my child’s bedwetting”
- Parenting choices are rarely to blame for bedwetting
- Bedwetting has many causes, most of them medical.
- Around a million children in the UK experience bedwetting.
- Bedwetting can sometimes be triggered by emotional stress (often when a child has been dry for months).
- Emotional factors can also cause teenage bedwetting.
“Bedwetting is a serious condition”
- Bedwetting is common.
- Bedwetting affects almost 10% of children aged 8-10.
- Most of these children will grow out of bedwetting naturally.
“I should stop my child drinking liquids after 4pm”
- Limiting fluid intake can cause dehydration.
- Dehydration reduces bladder capacity.
- Reduced bladder capacity makes bedwetting worse.
- Regular rehydration helps children understand the sensation of needing the loo.
“There is an instant cure for bedwetting”
- The most effective ‘cure’ for bedwetting is allowing your child to grow out of it.
- Supporting your child during the bedwetting phase will help.
- DryNites® Pyjama Pants won’t ‘cure’ bedwetting but will help with its management.
“I should wake my child up to use the toilet”
- Waking your child for a night-time toilet trip can be counterproductive.
- Children need to understand and respond to the signals from their bladder.
- Responding to natural signals helps children develop good toilet habits.
“Wearing DryNites® will prolong bedwetting”
- Wearing protective sleepwear will not encourage bedwetting.
- To manage bedwetting and come through the bedwetting phase, children need confidence.
- Allowing your child a dry night’s sleep will build your child’s confidence.
- DryNites® Pyjama Pants and Bed Mats offer unbeatable night-time protection.