According to a census conducted by ERIC (Education and Resources for Improving Childhood Continence), bedwetting affects over a million children and young adults in the UK. This is despite the fact that in many cases an appropriate treatment can be found.
Consultant Paediatric Urologist for Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, Mr Imran Mushtaq, explains the latest treatment options in his plain English article – "Treating urinary incontinence in children". He explains that the:
...treatment will depend on the cause and is broadly divided into the following three categories with a combination of more than one category commonly used to achieve best results
- Medical management
- Behavioural changes/physiotherapy
- Surgical treatment
Surgical treatment is the mainstay of treatment only for children with congenital malformations as the cause of their urinary incontinence. Surgery may also have a role in the treatment of functional incontinence, for example, the use of botulinum toxin (Botox) for the treatment of overactive bladder.
Jenny Perez, ERIC Director said: “Childhood bedwetting puts increased strain on family life, not just in terms of financial cost, but children and parents can suffer emotionally and physically too."