Simple facts on bedwetting

Why not explore the image together with your child and let Ingolf explain some facts about bedwetting.

Bedwetting is more common than you think.

For example, in Europe, over 5 million children wet the bed. In a school class of 30 children aged 7 years old, there could be 3 children who wet the bed.

Although it can very upsetting or embarrassing to wet the bed, you should talk to your mother, father or carer about it and they will be able to help you.

There are several reasons why you might wet the bed. Maybe it runs in your family - for example, your parents may have wet the bed when they were young. You might be producing too much wee at night. Or maybe you need to go to the toilet a lot because your bladder (the stretchy bag that holds your wee) tells you it’s full when it’s not.

It may be that you’ve had too much to drink before you go to bed or it might be because you are worrying about something.

Lastly, it could be that your bladder doesn’t tell your brain to wake up when you need to do a wee and you don’t get up in time to go to the toilet.

Whatever the cause, you can talk to your parents or carer about it and they can help you.

Bedwetting can be caused by a number of different reasons. If you do visit a doctor or nurse to talk about your bedwetting, there are a number of different things they can do to make it better.

Your doctor or nurse will have seen lots of children who wet the bed so there is no need to be embarrassed or shy – they will want to help you.

If you do visit a doctor or nurse to talk about your bedwetting, they will want to know a few things about you:

- How old you are?

- How many nights a week do you wet the bed?

- When did the bedwetting start?

- How much you drink during the day?

- How many times you go to the toilet?

There are some diaries and checklists on this website that you can print out and fill in. You can show them to your doctor or nurse.

Then the doctor or nurse will have a better idea about what may be causing you to wet the bed and will be able to talk to you about how to make it better.

Download the Drydawn app and let Ingolf help you prepare for your visit to the doctor or nurse.

Bedwetting is not something
your child has to live with

Because bedwetting represents a significant burden on both the child and the parents, it is important to seek medical help early.

While many children respond well to medication or to a moisture alarm, one has to keep in mind that treatment of bedwetting may take time and requires patience. Use the help meter to record the support you may currently require.

Fill out the checklist here before you come to see me - it will help me understand more about you and your bedwetting. This will make it easier to try and stop the bedwetting happen.


Void meter

Download this voiding diary to help record all bladder and bowel movements during the day and at night. This will help your doctor to see if there are any underlying problems with your child’s bladder



Mood meter

You can either download this PDF and print out or fill it out and save to your computer. The mood meter will help your child record how they are feeling



Help meter

You can either download this PDF and print out or fill it out and save to your computer. It will be useful to take this with you when you visit the doctor to show him or her any help you have had with bedwetting so far