Dr Catherine
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8-15 years

Many children who wet the bed worry about attending sleepovers, slumber parties and school camps. It is important that children are able to attend these special events without the constant fear of somehow being discovered by their friends. The first and most important thing to do is to discuss his bedwetting with a trusted teacher, so that way he has someone he can go to for help while away. Often there is more than one student attending camp who wets the bed, so teachers (if they are aware) will organize sleeping arrangements so that they can share sleeping accommodations. There are two main options when it comes to managing bedwetting while away on camp. Firstly, he can attend and wear DryNites. One boy I knew wore his DryNites under a pair of Nylon tracksuit pants that made a ‘swishy’ sound so that no one could hear that he was wearing absorbent pants – in the morning he just put them in a plastic bag and hid them in his overnight bag when he changed in the bathroom. Its good idea to have a few practice runs before he goes. The other is to use medication. This is something his parents should discuss with his doctor and should only be used in the short-term. Please accept my apologies for the delay in responding; I have been unwell and unable to answer questions during this time. Regards, Dr Cathrine