Treatment options for bedwetting 

Treatment
Pros
Cons

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Self-help

Self-help techniques such as not having drinks before bed, avoiding caffeine, and encouraging regular toilet breaks

  • Can sometimes help improve bedwetting
  • No side effects

Self-help techniques are often not enough to completely prevent bedwetting

Bedwetting alarm

A moisture-sensitive alarm is attached to your child's pyjamas and goes off if they begin to wet the bed

  • Works for most children
  • Can take several weeks to work
  • Not prescribed on the NHS, but you may be able to borrow one
  • May not be suitable if a child shares a bedroom or you need a quick solution

Medicines

Desmopressin

Reduces the amount of wee produced by the kidneys

  • Often works quickly, which can help in certain situations, such as if your child is going on a school trip
  • Can be used as a long-term treatment for bedwetting if a bedwetting alarm is unsuitable or doesn't help
  • Is less likely to cause side effects than other medicines used to treat bedwetting
  • Your child won't be able to drink much at night as this can lead to a fluid overload, which can cause headaches and vomiting
  • May not address underlying causes of bedwetting, such as a small bladder