Bedwetting in under 19s

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Key priorities for implementation

Principles of care

  • Inform children and young people with bedwetting and their parents or carers that bedwetting is not the child or young person’s fault and that punitive measures should not be used in the management of bedwetting
  • Offer support, assessment and treatment tailored to the circumstances and needs of the child or young person and parents or carers
  • Do not exclude younger children (for example, those under 7 years) from the management of bedwetting on the basis of age alone

Assessment and investigation

  • Discuss with the parents or carers whether they need support, particularly if they are having difficulty coping with the burden of bedwetting, or if they are expressing anger, negativity or blame towards the child or young person

Planning management

  • Consider whether or not it is appropriate to offer alarm or drug treatment, depending on the age of the child or young person, the frequency of bedwetting and the motivation and needs of the child or young person and their family

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