Also known as nighttime incontinence or nocturnal enuresis, bedwetting occurs when unintentional urination happens during sleep. Enuresis is the medical term for this unintentional wetting either during daytime (wetting on clothing) or during the night (wetting on bed). Bedwetting is common especially among infants and children up to 4 years old, a period when they start to develop basic level of bladder control. Bedwetting is a treatable condition which needs parental guidance and support.
There are any factors to consider when treating bedwetting such as the child’s gender (boys are more susceptible than girls) and level of development or maturation. Another factor is the child’s overall physical and emotional health. Studies show that emotional and physical abuse during these formative years can develop into bedwetting, as well as chronic illness or medical condition.
Bedwetting regularly occurs in children 7 years old and below. In the past decades, this issue, which has brought embarrassment and low self-esteem to children, was without any concrete medical solution. Both children and parents were left with the option of waiting to grow out of it. Fortunately, with the help of advanced scientific studies, there are now effective treatments and methods to cure bedwetting.
There are two types of bedwetting – primary and secondary. Primary bedwetting occurs when a child has had this problem for a long time without a break. It is primarily caused by the immaturity of the nervous system, which means that a child can not feel the full sensation of the bladder, thus he is unable to wake up to urinate. Primary bedwetting is usually caused by these factors:
• Can’t hold the urine for the entire night
• Some children have smaller bladder volume compared to others
• Poor daytime toilet habit. The child possibly ignores the urge to urinate during daytime, which leads to a large volume of accumulated urine
On the other hand, secondary bedwetting occurs when a child experiences this issue again after a long time (usually 6 months) of normal urinating cycle. Secondary bedwetting commonly becomes a symptom of other medical conditions so general checkup is highly recommended. Furthermore, secondary bedwetting can also be as sign of an emotional issue. Below are some of the most common causes:
• Diabetes – the body increases the frequency of urination due to high glucose level
• Urinary Tract Infection or UTI – an irritated bladder can trigger the urge to urinate more often
• Obstructive sleep apnea, which is associated with loud snoring, is often connected with bedwetting
• Pinworm infection – itching of the anal area including the genitals
• Too much liquid intake
• Emotional problem – common factor is an unhappy home where parents are always in conflict, which can lead to nightly bedwetting
• Stress – changes in lifestyle and environment can lead to bedwetting. Children who are sexually abused are also susceptible.
Most children who experience bedwetting only wet their clothes or bed at night. However, there are some cases wherein wetting happens even during daytime, which suggests other serious medical conditions such as kidney problems and unhealthy nervous system. Below are the most common bedwetting symptoms:
• Daytime wetting
• Pinkish urine
• Bloodstains on clothes
• Unable to control bowel movement
• Increased urination
Natural Home Remedies for Bedwetting
Although a common problem for kids, bedwetting is an easily treated condition with proper techniques and natural home treatments. Here are some effective methods to cure bedwetting at the comfort of your home.
1. Keep a Strict Urination Schedule
An effective way to train your child is to make it a habit to urinate before going to sleep. In addition, you can also set a specific time during the night to wake up your child and encourage him to urinate. Strictly follow this routine for several days to create a body clock which will tell him to wake up and urinate. An added option is to use an alarm clock and set to that specific time which will remind your child to use the toilet instead of wetting the bed.
Another option is to encourage your child to drink excessive water before going to bed. With a filled bladder, he will be forced to urinate after a few hours. Use the alarm clock to train your child to wake up and go straight to the toilet. Aside from creating a body clock, drinking water before sleeping will also train the bladder to hold large amounts of liquid for a long period.
Honey is highly regarded for its healing properties and natural cure for many sickness including bedwetting for both children and adults. Honey effectively minimizes stress and fatigue, both contributing to bedwetting.
Mix a tablespoon of natural honey to a glass of warm milk and drink before going to bed. Another option without filling the bladder is to eat a snack with honey like pancakes or honey butter sandwich.
Banana is rich with magnesium and potassium, which are potent against indigestion, mental stress and bedwetting. It is recommended to eat a large banana every breakfast to attain energy to last for the whole day. For people suffering bedwetting, eat one small banana before going to bed to decrease bedwetting.
Nuts, specifically walnuts, are effective stress reducer and perfect food for improved brain health. In addition, walnuts are loaded with nutrients and vitamins that help keep the bladder healthy.
To prevent daytime wetting, eat ¼ cup of walnuts during breakfast. You can also mix it to your favorite salads and meals. For children, mix some walnuts to any breakfast cereals. You can also include a glass of milk with honey. Snacking on walnuts before going to sleep is recommended to decreases of the chance of night bedwetting.
5. Mustard Seeds Powder
Mustard Seeds Powder is rich with minerals and anti-inflammatory substances that are perfect for urinary tract infection. Mustard seeds are also effective in cleaning the bladder, thus preventing bedwetting.
Mix one teaspoon of Mustard Seeds Powder to a glass of warm milk. Add some sugar or a tablespoon of honey to balance the bitter taste of the seeds. Drink an hour before going to bed. Aside from milk, adults can mix 1 tablespoon of Mustard Seeds Powder to any herbal tea. Drink twice a day – during breakfast and before going to bed.
Although its taste is not really appealing, Apple Cider Vinegar is a proven health ingredient for treating various health problems including bedwetting. Apple Cider Vinegar will provide highly acidic effect to the stomach, which will result to a minimized urged to urinate specially during sleeping.
Mix 2 teaspoons of Apple Cider Vinegar with warm water and 2 teaspoons of honey. Drink during breakfast and before sleeping. You can also use Apple Cider Vinegar when cooking regular meals instead of ordinary vinegar. For children, mix ½ teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar with 2 teaspoons of honey. Consume before going to bed.
7. Avoid Spicy Foods and Excessive Coffee
Eating spicy foods will force you to drink more water, thus increasing the urge to urinate. Avoid eating foods with too much pepper, onions, and chilies. Furthermore, avoid drinking excessive amounts of coffee and sports drinks. These liquids contain caffeine and excessive sugar, which lead to excessive water consumption.
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