Published: 17 April 2023

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.