Published: 1 November 2022

Why does bed wetting happen?

  • You may not be waking up when you need to go the toilet for a wee or a poo.
  • You may not be drinking enough during the day.
  • Constipation, you may find it difficult to have a poo regularly.
  • This may have happened to other people in your family.
  • Worry about going to the toilet at home or at school.

What can you do?

  • Try not to worry, this happens to a lot of children and young people.
  • Try to use the toilet throughout the day, such as at break time, and before bedtime.
  • Try not to drink fizzy drinks after your evening meal and before day.
  • Drink more water and try to eat more fruit and vegetables.

What to do next?

  • Talk to someone about this, who you trust. This could be someone at home or school.
  • Ask your parent, person looking after you, or teacher, to speak with the school nurse.

How to get help

  • You can contact your local school nursing service on 0300 021 8997 for advice and support.
  • ERIC provide information and support to parents and children.

Hand washing

Washing your hands is the best and easiest way of protecting yourself and others from illnesses, such as stomach bugs and colds. Most common illnesses are spread by people not washing their hands.

Watch the how to wash your hands NHS song video on YouTube.


A good night’s sleep is important for your growth and development. When you sleep well, you are more likely to learn better at school, concentrate more and feel healthier. This would also help you to be less likely to catch common illnesses.

More information can be found on the sleep charity website.

Looking after your teeth

It is important to look after your teeth and gums.

You can do this by:

  • clean your teeth two times a day, in a morning and before you go to bed
  • check with your parent and carer whether you have a dentist
  • your parent and carer should take you to the dentist every 6 months
  • drink more water and try to eat more fruit and vegetables

Useful links for looking after your teeth and gums: