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Bedwetting is extremely common and is to be expected when you are toilet training your child. And for some children can remain a feature for a good few years after they are dry during the day.

The additional washing and added pressure can be frustrating but, of course, it’s all part of growing up!  

Remember your child is not doing this on purpose and needs all your support and encouragement to get through this stage. You might find that fitting a mattress protector in the first instance is a simple way of reducing your own stress.

Never ever punish your child for bedwetting...they can’t help it.

Toxic stress in the early years can alter brain architecture and lead to health complications in later life. Watch this short film to find out more about the impact toxic stress has on a child’s healthy brain development.  

Preventing bedwetting

Get your child to drink lots of water and healthy drinks during the day to strengthen their bladder size and control. Only reduce drinks an hour before bedtime.

When to get help

As children get older they generally grow out of it. However, with some children there may be additional issues or random unexpected accidents that may need investigation. Always see your GP to rule out any medical complications or infections. They will be able to give you useful advice or refer you on to other paediatric services if needed.

In older children, bedwetting can be a sign of undue stress, worry and anxiety. Sometimes it’s hard to get children to talk about these things and it’s always made worse by the embarrassment an older child has in these situations.

Need to talk

Need to talk?

If you would like to talk to one of our local Family Support workers to see how we can help, pop into one of our family centres, email or phone 020 8753 6070.

We're here to help with tailored support for you and your family - just ask!

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If you are worried about a child or young person, please call our team on 020 8753 6600.

If you are worried that a child or young person is at immediate risk, please contact the NSPCC on 0808 800 500 or or call the police on 999

Remember Childline is always there for any young person online and on the phone anytime. If you are worried about yourself or a friend they are there for you.