Bedwetting is a developmental part of growing up and 25% of children experience it. There are various causes of bedwetting. The most important thing to remember is that your child is not alone and is extremely likely to grow out of it in their own time. As they learn to do so, it’s important parents are supportive.
Supporting your child
Bedwetting is a common condition, experienced by 1 in 4 children aged 5. There are various causes of bedwetting, sometimes, bedwetting can recur in older children even when they’ve been dry for some time (This is known as secondary enuresis). The most important thing is to give your child support and help them to manage bedwetting at night.
Educate yourself on bedwetting
Bedwetting can be confusing and stressful, so it’s important to gather information on why your child might wet the bed, so you can answer their questions and offer support. Bedwetting forums offer a wealth of information and bedwetting support for parents. If you feel that contacting a specialist may be beneficial, talk to your GP.
Bedwetting isn’t your child’s fault, they’re not being lazy and once you have a better understanding of the causes of bedwetting, you’ll be able to support them more fully. Sitting down and explaining why they are wetting the bed, sharing the options available, and reassuring them is a great starting point.
Bedwetting at age five
If your five-year-old starts wetting the bed again after being dry for over six months, it's important to remind them this isn't their fault. Your bedwetting support and understanding will help remove any feelings of guilt or anxiety.
Bedwetting at age 8
Bedwetting can recur at age 8 and older. Older children will feel confused and isolated when they wet the bed and may want to hide it from family members and friends. Support them by teaching them to change their sheets. This gives them independence and helps them figure out to how to manage their bedwetting.
It’s not unusual for bedwetting to start at puberty. Major changes or added stresses in a young person’s life can easily lead to bedwetting. It’s important throughout this phase to offer reassurance, informing them that bedwetting isn’t their fault and discussing ways to discreetly cope with it.
Speak to them about bedwetting solutions
Reassure your child they are in control by involving them in decisions on bedwetting. Try a free sample of DryNites® Pyjama Pants as part of this process. With unbeatable night-time protection, they will enable your child to sleep well and help with their development and self-esteem.
If your child is dry for a few mornings in a row, try going without the DryNites® (you can always go back to using them if needs be). Remember though, wetting at night is common and your child will become dry over time. If they don’t want to wear the night pants, how about trying a free sample of our highly absorbent DryNites® Bed Mats?