Bedwetting shouldn't mean that any young person needs to miss out on sleepovers or camps. Here are our top tips for worry free nights away from home for kids and their parents...  

Plan ahead

Talk to the trip leaders in advance so that they’re aware and can look out for your child. They could arrange to wake your child before their friends so they can deal with a wet bed and get changed in private.

Double pack

Tip from a parent and cub leader: "I pack two pairs of identical PJ's which are exactly the same for my boys on camp so no questions are asked. They tend to stay in their sleeping bags until everyone has left the tent and the leaders are aware. They can then safely change in the tent without anyone being aware". 

Mobile alarm for teenagers 

Teenagers may want to set their mobile phone alarm to wake them earlier than everyone else. Listen to young people sharing their experiences and get more tips for stress free nights away.

Try a sleeping bag liner or pyjama pants 

Pjama pants and sleeping bag liners are a discreet way for a child to manage their wetting whilst they’re away from home. Find out more about using sleeping bag liners by watching this video. Get a 20% discount on sleeping liners for sale in the ERIC online shop. 

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Ask your doctor about medication

Desmopressin, the medicine which ‘tops up’ the body’s levels of the hormone vasopressin and tells the kidneys to produce less wee at night, can be taken regularly every night or just for trips away. Children and teenagers need to try it before a trip to work out the right dose and make sure it helps them to be dry. Read our factsheet which explains how desmopressin works.

The sleeping bag trick

Try putting a pull up in the bottom of a sleeping bag so it’s already there to wriggle into when the other children in the room have gone to sleep. Have a plastic bag packed so you can pop it in there along with any wet clothes the next morning.

The bottle of water trick 

Some children keep a bottle of water by the side of the bed so they can tip this over their bedding in the morning and pretend they’re wet because they spilled it!

Think positively

Try to think positively – it’s quite common to have a dry night when you sleep away from home because being in a new place can help you to wake up when you need to wee.

Remember: it’s not your fault and you’re not the only one 

It’s important that children and teenagers are reassured that they aren’t the only ones who have night time accidents and it’s not their fault. Bedwetting is a common childhood condition which can and should be treated. To get help with managing and stopping this condition, children should be seen by a health professional such as a GP or school nurse from the age of five. Find out more about how bedwetting can be treated.

And finally... 

Remember to empty your bladder before you get into bed and avoid drinks especially anything fizzy or hot chocolate too close to bedtime.