ICCS and ESPU announce the launch of World Bedwetting Day to raise awareness of the serious impact of this common medical condition on children and families

  • Bedwetting is a common medical condition that can and should be
    treated
    1
  • This medical condition does not have a psychological cause, in most
    cases it is caused by over-production of urine at night or reduced
    capacity of the bladder
    2,3,4
  • The impact of bedwetting on a child and family is often
    underestimated and trivialised
    5
  • Left untreated, bedwetting will not necessarily go away by itself6

PRAGUE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The International Children’s Continence Society (ICCS) and the European
Society for Paediatric Urology (ESPU) announced today the launch of
World Bedwetting Day at the 26th ESPU Congress in Prague.
Although often underestimated, bedwetting has a serious impact on a
child’s self-esteem, emotional well-being and day time functioning,
including school and social performance.2,3,4,7,8 World
Bedwetting Day 2015’s slogan is ‘Time to Take Action’, in recognition
that much more can be done to diagnose and effectively treat children
with this common medical condition.

“Bedwetting is nobody’s fault,” said Prof. Gianantonio Manzoni, ESPU
President “It is a common medical condition that families and doctors
should be able to discuss without embarrassment or guilt. World
Bedwetting Day is a great opportunity to raise awareness of the
condition so that children and families can get the help they deserve.”

Children who suffer from bedwetting often feel a sense of shame,
frequently isolating themselves and missing out on social activities
such as sleepovers at friends’ houses and school trips.2,3,4,6
Nearly half of parents do not seek help from their doctor for the
treatment of bedwetting in children five years or older, believing the
child will outgrow the problem.9 However, bedwetting will not
necessarily go away by itself, and safe and effective bedwetting
treatments are available.10,11

Dr. Søren Rittig, Consultant at the Department of Child and Youth,
Nephro-urologic Team, Aarhus University Hospital commented: “As doctors
we often underestimate the impact of bedwetting, preferring to focus on
other apparently more serious conditions. However, successful diagnosis
and treatment of bedwetting relieves the burden this condition places on
a child, boosting day time functioning including school performance.”

About Bedwetting

Bedwetting, also known as nocturnal enuresis, is an uncontrollable
leakage of urine while asleep.12 In children aged ≥5 years,
enuresis is considered abnormal. In most cases it is caused by
over-production of urine at night or reduced capacity of the bladder.2,3,4
An inability to wake up can be another cause.2,3,4 Bedwetting
does not have a psychological cause.2,3,4 Bedwetting is a
common childhood medical condition1, with approximately 5–10%
of 7 year-olds regularly wetting their beds and the problem may persist
into teenage and adulthood.13

About World Bedwetting Day

World Bedwetting Day 2015 will take place on 17th October and
will be marked by a launch event at the 26th ESPU Congress in
Prague. From 2016 onwards World Bedwetting Day will take place every
year in May. World Bedwetting Day is initiated by a working group
consisting of the ICCS and ESPU. For more information please visit www.worldbedwettingday.com.

Supported by Ferring Pharmaceuticals

References

1 Hjälmås K et al. Nocturnal Enuresis: An International
Evidence Based Management Strategy. The Journal of Urology.
2004;171:2545–2561

2 Vande Walle J et al, Practical consensus guidelines for the
management of enuresis. Eur J Pediatr 2012;171:971-983

3 Vande Walle J et al, Erratum to: Practical consensus
guidelines for the management of enuresis. Eur J Pediatr 2013;171:971-983

4 Vande Walle J et al, Erratum to: Practical consensus
guidelines for the management of enuresis. Eur J Pediatr 2012;171:971-983

5 Nathan D, Nocturnal enuresis guidelines. Notthingham
Children’s Hospital. 2014. 1-17

6 NHS Conditions: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Bedwetting/pages/introduction.aspx
[Last accessed: 20.05.15]

7 Theunis M et al. Self-Image and Performance in Children
with Nocturnal Enuresis. European Urology. 2002;41:660-667

8 Joinson C et al. A United Kingdom population-based study of
intellectual capacities in children with and without soiling, daytime
wetting, and bed-wetting Pediatrics. 2007;120(2):e308-16

9 Schlomer, Bruce et al Parental beliefs about nocturnal
enuresis causes, treatments, and the need to seek professional medical
care, Journal of Pediatric Urology.2013; 9, 1043e1048

10 Lottmann H, Baydala L, Eggert P, Klein BM, Evans J,
Norgaard JP. Long-term desmopressin response in primary nocturnal
enuresis, Int J Clin Pract. 2009;63(1):35-45. doi:
10.1111/j.1742-1241.2008.01956.x.

11 DRIP-UK study Evans J, Malmsten B, Maddocks A, Popli HS,
Lottmann H; on behalf of the UK study group. Randomized comparison of
long-term desmopressin and alarm treatment for bedwetting. J Pediatr
Urol. 2011; 7: 21-29.

12 Austin P et al. The Standardization of Terminology of
Lower Urinary Tract Function in Children and Adolescents: Update Report
from the Standardization Committee of the International Children’s
Continence Society, The Journal of Urology. 2014;191:1863-1865

13 Nevéus T. Nocturnal enuresis—theoretic background and
practical guidelines. Pediatr Nephrol. 2011;26:1207–1214

Contacts

Burson-Marsteller for
ICCS and ESPU
Daniel Batty
Daniel.batty@bm.com
07827832120