Concerned Parents Keep Bedwetting Quiet
still a taboo issue for worried UK parents, a report has found.
Half of parents
have never talked to other mums and dads about their child wetting the
bed, with that figure hitting more than 70 per cent in some cities. Two
fifths also admitted taking the precautionary measure of reducing their
child’s drinks before bed time, ahead of talking it over with them.
than half a million children suffering from the common condition in the
UK, the study, conducted by bedwetting experts DryNites, shows parents
continue to keep their child’s bedwetting quiet.
admitted feeling upset and stressed about how bedwetting is affecting
their child, with many worried their infant is unhappy, embarrassed and
put off having sleep-overs with friends.
spoke to more than 1,000 parents across the UK, are aiming to break down
the barriers surrounding bedwetting by getting mums and dads talking
about the issue with their children and other parents.
Psychologist Emma Kenny, who is supporting the campaign, said: “While
your child wetting the bed can be quite distressing, parents need to
reassure their children that this is a very normal, natural part of
growing up, and they are in no way at fault.
are experiencing bedwetting need support and encouragement, and this is
more likely to happen if their parents feel able to discuss the subject.
Bedwetting regularly affects a fifth of five-year-olds, so it’s a lot
more common than many parents might think. By talking about it to their
children, other parents and professionals, worries ease and parents get
the support they need to reassure their child.”
The report has
also revealed that 63 per cent of children aged between 13 and 16, who
still wet the bed, feel embarrassed. Furthermore, a quarter of children
who wet the bed feel unhappy, while a fifth feel anxious and confused.
With 23 per
cent of parents who have a child aged between six and eight-years-old
blaming themselves for their child’s bedwetting, as well as some
admitting the issue makes them tired and frustrated, this is all the
more reason to take the taboo out of the issue.
Madrell, DryNites brand manager, said: “Bedwetting is just as common as
asthma or eczema in children, but parents are afraid to talk to each
other openly about it. By getting it out in the open and discussing it,
parents will find there is a lot of advice and support out there that
will help them get their child through this phase of development.”
The most common
affects in which bedwetting affects children aged between three and
16-years-old, according to their parents, are: embarrassment (47%),
unhappiness (25%), frustration (22%), anxiety (20%) and confusion (20%).
biggest concern about their child’s bedwetting is that it could affect
their child’s self-esteem (28%), followed by concerns that they may not
want to stay over at friends’ houses (25%).
regions, parents in Manchester and Leeds are most likely to feel worried
after their child experienced bedwetting, while 73 per cent of parents
from Liverpool are unwilling to discuss their child’s bedwetting
experiences with other parents.
research was commissioned through Opinion Matters who surveyed 1,002
parents. The research was carried out between the 11th and 16th of
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