World Bedwetting Day 2016

May 19, 2016 in News by Whitehouse

The PCF is proud to be supporting World Bedwetting Day. #WBD16 will take place this year on Tuesday 24th May, led by the International Children’s Continence Society and the European Society of Paediatric Urology, with support from Ferring Pharmaceuticals. The theme of this year’s World Bedwetting Day is ‘Time to Take Action’, as despite bedwetting – or nocturnal enuresis – being such a common condition, it is still hugely misunderstood and needs greater awareness.

Studies have suggested that 15.5% of 7 year olds, 9.5% of 9 year olds and 1-2% of teenagers experience bedwetting. Of these, up to 50% do not seek help, often believing it is a psychological or behavioural issue when it is actually caused by issues with urine production, the inability to wake to urinate or reduced bladder capacity. Untreated bedwetting can have psychological and social consequences for children, damaging their self-esteem and emotional well-being, making it crucial to raise awareness of the causes of the condition and how it can be treated.

There are several things that you can do in the run up to and on World Bedwetting Day to improve your understanding of, and raise awareness of, the condition:

  • Download and distribute a World Bedwetting Day poster, by clicking here;
  • Join World Bedwetting Day’s Thunderclap by going to its Thunderclap page. This will involve giving a personal Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr account permission to post a standardised message on your behalf on World Bedwetting Day, with the intention of spreading the message to as many people as possible;
  • Go to ERIC’s webpage on World Bedwetting Day for further information.