Bedwetting tips from Dr Michael Mol

Over the years bedwetting has been an issue in many homes globally. Research has shown that over 18% of children aged five and over still wet the bed.

World Bedwetting Day (29 May) aims to raise awareness among the public and healthcare professionals around this common condition. The International Children’s Society (ICCS) and the European Society for Paediatric Urology (ESPU) first launched this day back in 2015 and this year’s theme continues from last year – “Time to Take Action”.

“Research has shown that over 18% of children aged five and over still wet the bed.”

Bedwetting is known as the involuntary discharge of urine after the age at which your child’s bladder control should have been established. It is linked to delays in physiological development and external factors where a child may be facing issues at school or a change in family dynamics. Bedwetting may also be hereditary. Dr Michael Mol, Brand Ambassador for DryNites® Pyjama Pants, has put together a list of tips you may use to manage bedwetting at home:

  1. Limit drinking beverages in the evening

Try to avoid giving your child water or juice in the evening in the two hours before bedtime.

  1. Motivational techniques

Children tend to feel very self-conscious knowing that they suffer from bedwetting. One way of encouraging your child to not feel embarrassed or awkward is to record every night when they have not had an accident. Not only does this help you when you decide to consult a doctor, but it also gives your child that extra confidence they need, knowing that last night there were no accidents.

  1. Extra protection

Give your child extra protection with super-absorbent DryNites® Pyjama Pants, which are available for boys and girls and come in sizes 4-7 years and 8-15 years.

  1. Consult a doctor

There may be times where you decide that you want to consult a doctor. There are several healthcare professionals who can help deal with bedwetting. These specialists can also provide you with the relevant advice you need to assist both you and your child. Specialists may include general practitioners, paediatricians or paediatric urologists which would need to be referred to by a GP or your paediatrician.

Join DryNites® in starting the conversation around bedwetting and how one can manage bedwetting effectively.