Bed Wetting(Enuresis)

Bedwetting (Enuresis)

Enuresis is the medical term for Bed Wetting during sleep. Bed-wetting is fairly common and is often just a developmental stage. Bed Wetting is more common among boys than girls. This happens without the knowledge of the child as they do not have any control over this. The problem generally subsides when a kid starts growing, but in many cases Enuresis remains even after couple of years passed.

Bed-wetting is not a mental or behaviour problem. It doesn't happen because the child is too lazy to get out of bed to go to the bathroom.

Studies have shown that babies who are breast fed for longer periods i.e. more than three month are likely to have better control over their bladder.
Do not react, as it is beyond your childís control, praising or punishing your child does not help.

Causes of Bedwetting (Enuresis)

There are many reasons attributed to Bedwetting.

  • Hormonal factors (not enough antidiuretic hormone is produced, which is the hormone that slows urine production at night)
  • Urinary tract infections.
  • Genetic factors (it tends to run in families)
  • Abnormalities in the urethral valves in boys or in the ureter in girls or boys.
  • A small bladder.
  • Difficulties waking up from sleep
  • Stress.
  • Slower than normal development of the central nervous system (which reduces the child's ability to stop the bladder from emptying at night)

Home remedies for Bedwetting (Enuresis)

  • Before going to bed eat two tsp walnut halves and one tsp raisins.
  • One hour before going to bed take six to eight oz. of cranberry juice.
  • Take a cinnamon bar and chew it any time a day to prevent Bed wetting (Enuresis).
  • Bedwetting can also be treated using herbs like causticum, lycopodium, Ursi, corn silk and pulsatilla.
  • Massage inner thigh of the patient with wort oil (St. John).
  • Avoid taking liquids before bedtime and make sure you empty the bladder before going to bed.
  • To prevent bedwetting due to constipation eat a fiber rich diet. Eat diet rich in silica, magnesium and calcium. Some of the rich sources of these nutrients are milk, banana, sesame, and almonds.
  • Avoid all processed and prepackaged foods.
  • Avoid juices of fruits like apple, orange, grapes and pineapple. Avoid sweets, fruits, chocolates, meat and artificial additives.

Along with the use of these remedies, there is immense need for family support. Parentís patience and love would surely help the child get through this condition.

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