- World Bedwetting Day is observed every year on last Tuesday of May and this year, it falls on 28th May
- The objective of the World Bedwetting Day is to educate parents that bedwetting is a common medical condition, that is easily treatable
- The theme for 2019 is 'Time to Take Action' and the first step in bedwetting treatment is to counsel the parents and the child about the condition
- One of the most effective strategies is alarm therapy
Bedwetting Day, observed every year on the last Tuesday of May aims to raise
awareness that bedwetting is a common condition, which can be treated and also
encourages families to discuss bedwetting with their doctor or health
professional and get immediate help.
The theme for this year 2019 is 'Time to Take Action,' where a lot can be done to diagnose and treat children. This year, the day is observed on May 28th.
History of World Bedwetting DayBedwetting, also known as enuresis is common in children and is just a stage in development. It occurs when kids are unable to control their bladder at night during sleep.
Sometimes, bedwetting can be a complex medical condition caused due to over-production of urine at night or reduced capacity of the bladder.
Therefore, the International Children's Continence Society (ICCS) and the European Society for Pediatric Urology (ESPU) came together to create awareness about this common medical condition and hence, the World Bedwetting Day was first started in 2015.
Facts and Statistics on World Bedwetting Day
- Around 1 in 6 children below the age of 7 years will still wet the bed
- By the age of 10 only one in 15 will only wet the bed
- Bedwetting is a common problem worldwide affecting both boys and girls below 16 years
- Although most parents are supportive, up to 30% parents become intolerant towards their child.
- Bedwetting affects a child's self-esteem, emotional well-being, and performance at school
- Nearly 5-10% of 7-year-olds regularly wet their beds and the problem may persist into teenage and adulthood
- 1 in 100 adults still suffers from bedwetting problem
- If one parent wets the bed as a child, the risk of his/her children being affected by bedwetting is approximately 40-44 percent
- Stressful early life events can also trigger bedwetting
- The first step in bedwetting treatment is to counsel the parents and the child about the condition
How to Stop Your Child from BedwettingBedwetting can be quite distressing for the families. However, it is never the fault of the child. Children are often embarrassed and parents feel helpless as they don't understand the problem and think the child is lazy and is at fault. They just live in the hope that the problem will go away as they grow older.
The first step as a parent is to provide emotional support and reassurance to the child until the problem is resolved.
Behavioral remedies and educational strategies should be tried before resorting to any medication.
One of the most effective strategies is alarm therapy, which is a small sensory device that can be put in the child's bed or inside the underwear. The alarm responds to the first drops of urine, and triggers a buzzer that awakens the child. The child can then get up, and go to the toilet to relieve themselves.
Tips for Parents
- Do not scold your child; as it is not their fault
- Encourage your child for staying dry; give awards for dry nights
- Stay calm, be prepared and do not to worry
- Make sure that the child goes to toilet before bed
- Avoid fizzy drinks, tea, coffee, chocolate, as they can irritate bladder and cause more urine production
- Let the child help with changing the bed, so this will help them to understand the problem and overcome it
- Don't give up on your child, as 99 percent of these children get better by adulthood
- World Bedwetting Day - (https://www.stopbedwetting.org/world-bedwetting-day/)
- Bedwetting (For Kids) - (https://www.bbuk.org.uk/world-bedwetting-day/)