The treatment of bedwetting is dependent on its cause. Management of bedwetting includes treatment with an alarm or with a medication called desmopressin. These are two first line options recommended by the Children’s International Continence Society 1, as well as changes in life style, bladder training exercises, or further medical treatment with drugs such as anticholinergics or tricyclic antidepressants.
Desmopressin reduces the volume of urine in the bladder. It is often prescribed to treat bedwetting. An alarm is another commonly used method that is triggered when a sensor detects humidity. Sometimes drugs are combined with an alarm.
1. Vande Walle J et al. Practical concensus guidelines for the management of enuresis. Eur J Pediatr 2012;171:971-983
There is help out there
As bedwetting can become a significant burden on both a child
and their parents, it is important to seek medical help. While many
children respond well to medication or to a moisture alarm, one
has to keep in mind that treatment of bedwetting may take time
and requires patience. Use the
to record the support
you may currently require.
Ingolf shares some advice to help other
children who wet the bed
Try not to have too much to drink before you go to bed, but it’s important to drink enough throughout the day - water is best.
Try to keep an eye on what you drink to see if any type of drink makes you produce more wee at night. You can then try stopping drinking it to see if it helps.
Always go to the toilet before you go to bed. If you think you might need to go during the night, but don’t like the dark, ask mum or dad to put a night light in your room or give you a torch so you can see where you’re going.
Have a wash - try and wash yourself properly after wetting the bed so that you’re nice and clean.
Lots of kids grow out of wetting the bed, but if your problem continues long-term your mum and dad might think it’s a good idea to go to a doctor or nurse.
You can either download this PDF and print out or fill it out and save to your computer. It will be useful to take this with you when you visit the doctor to show him or her any help you have had with bedwetting so far