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The cost of enuresis for families

The cost of enuresis for families can be substantial. In 1996 it was estimated that a child or young person who wets the bed every night costs the family £1,420 a year in extra washing, bedding, bedding protection and night clothes. When inflated by 2.5% per year this would be £2,160 in 2013 prices and for a child who soils regularly potentially more. It is affecting families with limited incomes even harder of late, as NHS trusts are rationing the number of pads provided to children with intractable incontinence as part of the cost cutting process.

Source: Pugner K and Holmes (1996) Nocturnal enuresis: Economic impacts and self- esteem. Preliminary research results. Scand J Urol Nephrol, 65-69.

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