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First national guidance to help treat bedwetting in children

 

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First national guidance to help treat bedwetting in children

Children under the age of seven should now be considered for treatment for bedwetting, as NICE signals a change to current practice.

While most children will grow out of wetting the bed as they learn to control their bladder at night, for some it can continue into late childhood.

Over a fifth of children aged between four and five will regularly wet the bed, but GPs and nurses have traditionally only offered treatment to children once they reach the age of seven.

This latest guidance, the first to address bedwetting or nocturnal enuresis, no longer places a minimum age limit on the management of the condition, allowing healthcare professionals to offer young children advice and treatment for bedwetting if they feel it is appropriate. More …