What Is Bedwetting And How To Treat It
Bedwetting (or nocturnal enuresis) happens when urine is passed unintentionally during sleep. In kids, wetting the bed occurs because of several reasons:
- Small bladder - Some kids produce more urine then others - Deep sleeping - Bladder control is not fully developed - Hereditary condition
Wetting the bed at night is normal for children up to 6 years old so if your child is young, there's no need to really do anything. However, it is recommended that kids over 6 years old be treated.
There are several ways you can cure bedwetting and one option includes talking bedwetting medication. However, you need to be aware that drugs only alleviate the symptoms and they don't permanently stop bedwetting. Also, every medication has side effects so if you decide to go with this treatment option, make sure to consult a doctor and read the prospect carefully.
Since there are other methods of getting rid of bedwetting without the use of chemicals, I strongly recommend using drugs only in certain social situations (e.g: camping, sleepover, etc...). In these cases, drugs can offer temporary relief and possibly help avoid embarrassment.
Treating bedwetting without medication
- 1. See a chiropractor
Chiropractors are often associated with adults and back pain, but recent studies have shown that chiropractors can also help in treating bedwetting. A chiropractor will be able to restore normal motion in your spine, which will relax your nerves and make the organs (including the bladder) function optimally.
- 2. Natural remedies.
There are a couple of common natural ingredients you probably already have lying around in your pantry that can be used to combat bedwetting. There are no studies showing these natural ingredients actually work. However, many parents reported their children's bedwetting improved after taking the following natural remedies:
- Cinnamon keeps your body warm and suppresses the need of urinating. You can either have your child chew a pierce of cinnamon stick or put some cinnamon powder in their milk.
- Warm olive oil can also prevent night-time urination. Heat some olive oil and gently use it to massage the lower abdomen.
- Cranberry juice is usually used to treat bladder infection and it can also be used to preventing bedwetting.
- 3. Bedwetting alarms
Bedwetting alarms are medical devices used to "train" children to wake up whenever they feel the need or urinate. Several studies have shown that bedwetting alarms are more effective than drugs in treating enuresis.
A bedwetting alarm has a sensor and an alarm unit. The sensor is usually attached to the child's underwear and is connected to the unit through a wire. You can also purchase a wireless alarm (no wires) or a pad alarm (the pad and the sensor are both placarded under the child). The alarm will alert the child whenever the sensor detects urine. The child will wake up and finish urinating.
One disadvantage of using bedwetting alarm is that it requires patience on both parts, the parents and the child. However, if you decided to go with this treatment option, click here to read some bedwetting alarms reviews.
- 4. Other ways of preventing bedwetting
- If possible, limit liquid intake before bed time
- Make sure your child is properly hydrated during the day.
- Avoid providing your child with drinks that irritate the bladder (e.g. sugary juices)
Bio: Nick Zara is the founder of BedwettingFoundation and offers advice on how to prevent, diagnose and cure bedwetting in children.