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Bedwetting impacts childhood happiness

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Most parents worry about their child wetting the bed during a sleepover at a friend’s home, a survey has shown.

Education and Resources for Improving Childhood Continence (ERIC) said two thirds of parents described bedwetting as the worst possible thing that could happen to their child.

Around 75% of parents also said bedwetting has a big impact on childhood happiness, with half believing it has a profound effect on a child’s self-esteem.

The majority of parents also said they thought any child who wets the bed is very likely to be bullied as a result.

ERIC, which is the only British organisation designed to help children and families with this problem, is launching the Dry and Mighty Campaign to increase awareness about the problem.

The campaign has been deliberately planned to highlight how difficult summer sleepovers can be for youngsters who wet the bed.

It will encourage families encountering the problem to contact ERIC for support.

ERIC Director, Jenny Perez said: “We know bedwetting affects one in 12 UK children and teenagers every night and that most of the half a million young people affected dread summer sleepovers and holidays as a result. The Dry and Mighty campaign will tell children and parents loud and clear that they are not alone. Things can be done to overcome or manage the problem and ERIC can help, with specialist expertise and years of experience.”

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  • My son wet the bed every single night until he was 14. He missed out on every sleepover and school camp/trip etc. The lies we had to tell people in order to avoid these situations. I found it very sad for my son especially as my daughter was always able to go. Beyond immediate family, our GP and the school nurse we never discussed it with anyone, very isolating even though we knew we were not alone in this problem. I don't think my son was bullied over it as we kept the whole thing secret. To have been able to talk to other people in this situation would have been very reassuring and helpful especially for my son. This is a problem that can affect anyone, my son is very healthy and active and plays a lot of sport, he will be starting A- Levels later this year. Over the years we tried all kinds of remedies and alarms etc, in the end we learnt to manage the situation by setting an alarm clock to get my son up at regular intervals during the night to use the loo. Happily the problem has resolved, almost overnight it seemed to stop. He no longer wets the bed and sleeps through the night without the need to get up at all. Quite why it suddenly stopped being a problem we don't know but we are all very relieved!

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  • My son wet the bed every single night until he was 14. He missed out on every sleepover and school camp/trip etc. The lies we had to tell people in order to avoid these situations. I found it very sad for my son especially as my daughter was always able to go. Beyond immediate family, our GP and the school nurse we never discussed it with anyone, very isolating even though we knew we were not alone in this problem. I don't think my son was bullied over it as we kept the whole thing secret. To have been able to talk to other people in this situation would have been very reassuring and helpful especially for my son. This is a problem that can affect anyone, my son is very healthy and active and plays a lot of sport, he will be starting A- Levels later this year. Over the years we tried all kinds of remedies and alarms etc, in the end we learnt to manage the situation by setting an alarm clock to get my son up at regular intervals during the night to use the loo. Happily the problem has resolved, almost overnight it seemed to stop. He no longer wets the bed and sleeps through the night without the need to get up at all. Quite why it suddenly stopped being a problem we don't know but we are all very relieved!

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  • My son is wetting at the moment, and going through phases of wet periods and dry periods. We have certainly noticed that he's more agitated/sensitive when he's in a wetting period, but it's hard to know what's the cause and what's the effect. It's been pretty tough, and I've started blogging about it and seeking out great news stories like this one, to help put everything in perspective. I've blogged about this article at: http://fixbedwetting.com/21-does-bedwetting-affect-kids-mental-health

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