14 December 2018
Did you know, around 12% of seven to nine year-olds regularly wet the bed? And for a small number (1.5-2%), the problem can continue into their teenage and adult years.*
At Spire Thames Valley Hospital, we have opened an exciting project - a night-time bed wetting clinic for children. Known as “nocturnal enuresis,” this is when a child unconsciously wets the bed while they’re asleep.
Our nocturnal enuresis service is a nurse-lead specialist clinic to help children and young people get dry at night time. Managed by Ms Katy Parker, our Children and Young People’s lead nurse, the service will be available for children aged five years and above. The nocturnal enuresis clinic will be held at Spire Thames Valley Hospital, where all appointments are available after school, so children do not have to take time off to attend.
Three main reasons why children wet the bed:
- Their bladders don’t stretch enough to hold all the wee they make at night
- They produce too much wee at night
- They don’t wake up when their bladder sends a signal that it’s full
There are many reasons why children are still wet at night-time, so we undertake a full assessment to design a tailored plan to suit them. We understand night-time bed wetting does not only affect the child; it affects the whole family. Bed wetting can be difficult and tiring to manage at home, so it’s important you can seek support from a specialist nurse - as parents this ensures you have all the relevant information and support to help you and your child become dry at night time.
An appointment at our nurse-lead enuresis clinic will consist of a pre-assessment phone call, an information pack, an initial consultation and subsequent follow-up appointments for as long as you need them.
Katy Parker is our leading Children and Young People’s Nurse with special interest in night-time wetting here at Spire Thames Valley Hospital. As our Paediatric Lead, she is looking forward to welcoming children, young people and families into this clinic. If you would like book an appointment at our nocturnal enuresis clinic, simply call us on 01753 665 404 or email us.
*Data source: PCF Paediatric Continence Commissioning Guide