Are You Worried about the Emotional Impact of Bedwetting?
More than a Quarter of Parents Concerned over Emotional and Social Impact of Bedwetting on Children
Bedwetting has a significant impact on children’s emotional state, according to a survey by DryDawn.ie. DryDawn research reveals 61% of children worry that their friends will find out about their bedwetting. The findings were announced to mark the launch of DryDawn.ie, a new online resource and app to help families deal with bedwetting, as more than a quarter (28%) of parents feel bedwetting negatively impacts on their child’s social activities and relationships.
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According to parents surveyed, three fifths of children (59%) worry about taking overnight trips, 57% do not want to go to sleep-overs with friends and over a third (34%) won’t join a social group that involves overnight trips. As we head in to summer holiday season, 16% of children are not looking forward to their family holiday.
Commenting on the launch of DryDawn.ie, Dr Nick van der Spek said, “Most people will experience bedwetting at some stage during childhood which is completely normal. But when it occurs regularly from the age of five and upwards it is important that parents seek professional help and take control of the problem. It is a common misconception that bedwetting is caused by a psychological problem, but the vast majority of children who wet the bed in Ireland have a medical condition which can be treated effectively.
“This research has shown the severe impact bedwetting can have on children’s lives - and their families’ - and in many cases this anxiety is unnecessary. This campaign encourages parents and children to openly discuss the issues bedwetting can create and for those affected to get the support they need so that bedwetting doesn’t impact on their child’s health and wellbeing any further,” he continued.
The survey was conducted among parents of children over the age of five who wet the bed in Ireland and found that almost three out of ten parents (29%) feel their child is at a disadvantage socially due to bedwetting. Over half of those surveyed (55%) stated their child wets the bed three to seven times per week.
Bedwetting is a common and often very treatable medical condition and is thought to affect approximately 15-20% of children aged five years old, 10% of seven year olds and 8% of nine year olds. Medically known as nocturnal enuresis, it is an uncontrollable leakage of urine while asleep and is often caused by over-production of urine at night or reduced capacity of the bladder. According to the research, boys are more likely to wet the bed than girls, as indicated by 62% of parents.
For more information on bedwetting and to get professional support and advice, visit DryDawn.ie or download the DryDawn app.