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This may sound strange but the most important thing to remember about the bladder is that it’s like a balloon and it needs to stretch. Therefore, making sure that your child has enough to drink throughout the day is important when it comes to continence. The recommended daily amount of fluid a child needs to have during the day is 6 to 8 cups, preferably water or weak juice. Try to stay away from blackcurrant drinks as this can irritate the bladder making it harder to stop those little accidents!

School nursing can help, ring our duty number 0114 305 3284 or 0114 305 3586 to speak to a nurse.

If your child is wetting in the day, do not be concerned because it can take young children a while to master this. Toilet training your children can also be a battle, but did you know that school nurses can offer advice and support around this? Call us on one of the numbers above and speak to one of our nurses.

What do I do if my child is not going to the toilet for a poo?

This may take some more planning but, making sure your child has plenty to drink to help reduce the risk of constipation is a good start. Allow your child to have regular sits in the toilet especially after having something to eat – around 20 mins after – will help. If your child’s feet are dangling off the floor when they sit on the toilet, try using a stool or bin to make sure they are in a squatting position. This is actually the most natural position to be in! Remember, not everyone goes every day. Keeping a record of when your child goes can be helpful too. 

Bedwetting can be a common problem until 7 years of age, and while it can be frustrating, support is available to you from the service.

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