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General advice for day time wetting in children

Try to get your child to drink at least 6 drinks 200mls cups of water to equal 1200mls of water each day. This will help to improve their bladder capacity.

Get your child into the habit of going to the toilet on a regular basis. Wherever possible older children should take responsibility for this.

During school days

Encourage your child to go to the toilet regularly at school. They should go:

  • when they get out of bed
  • before leaving for school
  • when they get to school (if it is a long journey)
  • during morning break
  • before lunchtime
  • after lunchtime
  • during afternoon break (if there is one)
  • before leaving school to go home
  • when they get home (if it is a long journey)

At home

Encourage your child to go to the toilet at around every hour.

Once your child has stayed dry for a week, try and encourage them to go a little longer of 15minutes until they can go to the toilet every 2 hours if they remain dry.

A kitchen timer or digital watch timer can be very useful if you have one to set a reminder to go to the toilet.


Remember to fill in a chart at the end of every day so you can record their progress. This will help with their confidence and motivation as well.

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Please note this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s. The details in this resource may not necessarily reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If you have specific questions about how this resource relates to your child, please ask your doctor.

Resource number: CON8

Resource Type: Article

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