For decades, bedwetting was considered as a simple condition that would resolve spontaneously. However, it is now regarded as a complex disorder involving several factors such as bladder dysfunction and the over-production of urine at night.
Bedwetting does not have a psychological cause, in most cases it is caused by over-production of urine at night, the inability to wake up or reduced capacity of the bladder. This medical condition can have a serious detrimental effect on the child’s self-esteem, emotional well-being and day time functioning, including school and social performance. However, the impact on the child and their family is often underestimated and trivialised.
The International Children’s Continence Society (ICCS) and the European Society for Paediatric Urology (ESPU) launched World Bedwetting Day (WBD) in 2015. This year will mark the fifth consecutive year that the day will be marked globally and it will take place on 28th May 2019. The initiative will continue to raise awareness among the public and healthcare professionals around this common medical condition.
The World Bedwetting Day 2019 theme continues on from previous years and will focus on ‘Time to Take Action’, in recognition that much more can be done to diagnose and treat those children who suffer from bedwetting.