World Bedwetting Day on Tuesday 24th May aims to raise awareness of bedwetting as a common medical condition that can and should be treated.
World Bedwetting Day’s slogan is ‘Time to Take Action’ in recognition that much more can be done to diagnose and treat children who wet the bed.
During the week of World Bedwetting Day (23rd-27th May) we'll be sharing advice for stopping wetting the bed, information about why bedwetting happens, and stories of people who've overcome bedwetting on our Facebook page
, and the ERIC blog
. Follow us for useful and practical information.
We'll also be holding a live Q&A with our helpline advisors from 13.00pm to 13.30pm on our Facebook page
on Tuesday 24th. Send in questions in advance via the page or tune in live on the day to ask your questions directly to our advisors.
How can you get involved with World Bedwetting Day?
Health and education professionals:
- Download a World Bedwetting Day poster by clicking on the image below.
- Download our suggestions for getting patients and pupils involved in World Bedwetting Day.
- Join the Thunderclap to spread the word about treatment for bedwetting on social media. Just click on the image below to add your voice. We need at least 100 people to join the thunderclap for it to work, so please give it a boost and help us reach thousands of people!
- Print out the World Bedwetting Day colouring in images and share with patients and pupils. Drinking the right amount of water every day is important to teach the bladder how to hold onto lots of liquid, so you don't need to wee during the night. The colouring in images are a reminder to drink lots of water during the day, so you can stay dry at night. Click on the images to download them.
Parents, children and teenagers:
Why is World Bedwetting Day needed?
Bedwetting can have a serious impact on a child’s self-esteem, emotional well-being and day-to-day life, including their achievement at school and their social life.
Despite it being a very common condition (it affects about 15.5% of 7 year olds, 9.5% of 9 year olds (Butler and Heron, 2008
) and 1-2% of teenagers (Verhulst, Van Der Lee, Akkerhuis et al., 1985)), it is often misunderstood.
Many people think it is the child’s fault because they are lazy or naughty. Because of the lack of understanding of the causes of bedwetting and a reluctance to talk about it, 50% of families affected don’t seek help (Schlomer B, Rodriguez E, et al, 2013
Bedwetting does not have a psychological cause, in most cases it is caused by over-production of urine at night, reduced capacity of the bladder, or inability to wake. Bedwetting is nobody’s fault, and families and doctors should be able to discuss the condition without embarrassment or guilt. However, the impact is often underestimated and trivialised, so help is not sought or offered.