Most children will stay dry through the night as they get older. But if your child is experiencing bedwetting there are a few things you can do that may help.

From addressing the causes, to treatments or if you need to see your GP we’ve gathered together all you need to know about bedwetting.

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What Causes Bedwetting?

According to the NHS there’s usually no obvious reason why children wet the bed. Some thins that may cause it include:

  • Constipation
  • Overactive bladder
  • Emotional distress, when starting a new school for example
  • Health conditions such as type 1 diabetes, though this is rare

Your child may also be wetting the bed because they are sleeping very soundly meaning they don’t wake up when their bladder is full at night.

Tips to Avoid Bedwetting

There are a few things you could try to help your child stop wetting the bed.

  • Make sure your child has plenty of fluids to drink during the day. Try to avoid drinks that contain caffeine such as hot chocolate, as caffeine increases urination.
  • Try to avoid giving your child anything to drink before bedtime.
  • Encourage them to go to the toilet just before going to bed, as well as regularly during the day.
  • Make sure they can access the toilet easily at night, try using a night light or leaving the bathroom light
How LloydsPharmacy can help with Bedwetting

Our healthcare team can give you advice about waterproof covers you can put on your child’s mattress and duvet. You could also try pull-up training pants your child can wear at night if you’ve tried going without nappies but decided to go back to nappies for a while before trying again.

They can also recommend a moisturising cream to apply to skin that has become wet to help relieve chaffing and soreness.

Should you see your GP?

Bedwetting isn’t usually a problem if your child is aged five or younger. But if you or your child are finding it hard to cope with, your GP can offer advice and support.

You may also want to see your GP if your child is experiencing bedwetting alongside other symptoms such as constipation, a high temperature or if they’ve been dry a night for awhile but has suddenly started wetting the bed again.

They may initially recommend a bedwetting alarm, which is activated if your child starts to wet the bed. Or they might recommend medicine to reduce the amount of urine produced by the kidneys. Though, this is usually prescribed for children aged five or older.

Speak to one of our healthcare team today for advice and support. Find your local LloydsPharmacy here.