Tuesday 30th May -Time to Take Action
What is bedwetting?
Bedwetting can affect anyone although it is most common in children over the age of 5 years. There are a number of causes including the over-production of urine at night, a problem with the bladder being able to store the urine and the inability of the child to wake up in response to full bladder signals. However, there could be other causes including an undetected problem with constipation or the bladder.
Bedwetting can also have a serious effect on a child psychologically, affecting the self-esteem, emotional well being and day time functioning. For all these reasons it is important that bedwetting is taken seriously and all affected children undergo a comprehensive assessment and are offered treatment.
It is a common childhood condition, with approximately 20% of 5 year olds and 5-10% of 7 years olds regularly wetting the bed; if this problem is not treated it can stay with them until the teenage years and adulthood.
What is World Bedwetting Day?
Bedwetting is defined as a common medical condition and World Bedwetting Day aims to raise awareness of the issue. Bedwetting is no-one fault, and the families and doctors of those who suffer should be able to openly talk about this issue. This day raises awareness of bedwetting as a common condition that can and should be treated. The slogan for World Bedwetting Day is ‘Time to Take Action’. This is to recognise that much more can be done to diagnose and treat children and teenagers with this common medical condition. World Bedwetting Day is a partnership between the team here at Bladder and Bowel UK, ERIC and Ferring.
When is World Bedwetting Day?
This year’s day is taking place on Tuesday, 30 May 2017