World Bedwetting Day takes place on the last Tuesday in May. The next global day of bedwetting awareness will be on Tuesday 30 May 2017. The day aims to raise awareness that bedwetting is 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 in 2016 we shared advice for stopping wetting the bed, disseminated information about why bedwetting happens, and published stories of people who've overcome bedwetting on our Facebook page
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How did people get involved with World Bedwetting Day 2016?
- We worked with Ferring Pharmaceuticals to produce and distribute action packs for health and education settings containing flyers, posters, stickers and bedwetting guides to help raise awareness of how to treat bedwetting.
- We invited people to download a World Bedwetting Day poster by clicking on the image below, and to display it in clinics, schools, churches, cafes - anywhere where it would get noticed!
- We provided suggestions for involving patients and pupils in World Bedwetting Day.
- 104 people joined the Thunderclap to spread the word about treatment for bedwetting on social media, reaching 101,978 people. Please note the Thunderclap has now ended.
- People printed out the World Bedwetting Day colouring in images and shared them 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.
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.