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What is enuresis?

  • Not being able to control your urinating
  • Daytime (diurnal) or night-time (nocturnal) wetting
  • Can be caused by many different things, for example: drinking too much or not enough, constipation, irritant drinks, a small bladder, urinary tract infections, stress, development delays with toilet training

What can you try at home?


  • give your child enough water to drink during the day (6-8 drinks)
  • make sure your child goes to the toilet regularly, around 4 to 7 times a day, including just before bedtime
  • agree with your child on rewards for positive actions, such as a sticker for every time they use the toilet before bed
  • use waterproof covers on their mattress and duvet
  • make sure they have easy access to a toilet at night
  • talk to the 0-19 team


  • do not punish your child – it is not their fault and can make bedwetting worse
  • do not give your child drinks containing caffeine, such as cola, tea and coffee – this can make them pee more
  • do not regularly wake or carry your child in the night to use the toilet – this will not help in the long term

For more information and support

Contact our Health HUB on 0300 555 0606 9am-5pm - Monday to Friday

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