For continence advice and support for children under the age of five, parents should speak to their GP or health visitor in the first instance.
For children and young people aged between five and 16, who are experiencing night-time enuresis without day-time wetting, advice should first be sought from your GP, school nurse or the ERIC website at www.eric.org.uk
If, after receiving support and advice, your child continues to bed wet, your GP, school nurse or other healthcare professional can make an online referral for them to attend a local paediatric continence clinic. Professionals can do this by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Parents/carers are not able to self refer to this service.
The referral criteria are as follows:
- Your GP must check your child’s urine to exclude issues like diabetes and urinary tract infections
- Your child must be ambulant (able to walk around)
- Referrals to the continence clinic are primarily for nocturnal enuresis, but if a urinary tract infection has been excluded, children who are experiencing continence issues during the day will also be seen.
If your child has constipation issues you should speak to your GP, who can then see what other services may be required to support you.