British theatre, film and TV star Julie Walters is supporting a campaign by ERIC (Education and Resources for Improving Childhood Continence) to raise awareness of the problem of enuresis (bed wetting).
The charity aims to help UK families for whom bedwetting is an issue and has designated June 2009 its first awareness-raising month with a campaign called ‘Banish the Wee Horror’.
Mamma Mia star Julie said: ‘The fact that hardly anyone wants to talk about bedwetting just makes the problem worse.’
Commenting on the campaign, ERIC director Jenny Perez: said: ‘Bed wetting haunts up to half a million children and teenagers every night. Embarrassment and shame often mean the scale of the problem remains hidden and only one in three families come forward for support.
‘The washing and the broken nights are bad enough. But the secrecy makes it worse for parents and young people alike. For many families, learning just how common bed wetting is can be a major relief. Often it’s a first step towards talking more openly about it.’
Wetting and soiling affects around one in 12 children. It causes behavioural, emotional and social problems for the child and stress for the family
ERIC has a telephone helpline on 0845 370 8008 (10am-4pm weekdays). Information is also available from the ERIC website, eric.org.uk. ERIC’s SMS service is also available by texting 447 624 811 636.