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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