Bedwetting, sleepovers and family holidays

Bedwetting affects nearly half a million children and teens every night, but it can be an embarrassing secret for sleepovers and a frustration for family holidays. These practical tips will help your child - and you - cope with nights away from home, when they sometimes wet the bed.

Bedwetting is actually more common than most people realise, affecting up to half a million children and teenagers every night. Studies have shown that 1 in 6 five year olds, 1 in 7 seven year olds, 1 in 11 nine year olds and 1 in 50-100 teenagers are affected and the problem is more common in boys than girls, especially in the younger age groups.

As a child, bedwetting is an isolating condition: not something you’ll tell your friends and something which will certainly make you think twice about holidays and sleepovers with other children. As a parent, your child's bedwetting can also be frustrating, with the extra cleaning and washing contributing to your concerns.

Be patient This is not your child’s fault (or yours), and whilst there are plenty of tips to stop bedwetting which you can put into practise right away, it might take a while to resolve.

Be prepared Whether you’re away from home with the family, or whether you’re preparing your child for theirfirst sleepover, there are lots of practical things you can do to ensure you all have a great time (and their secret stays safe!).

Essential for sleepovers

Essential for family holidays

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ERIC provides information and support on childhood bedwetting, daytime wetting, constipation and soiling to children, young people, parents and professionals. All the bedwetting items above are available in theERIC online shop.