Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

No More Bedwetting

bedwettingAlmost all mothers encounter bedwetting—nocturnal enuresis. Most kids become fully toilet trained between ages 2 and 4 — but there’s no target date for developing complete bladder control. Girls get toilet trained faster than boys.

Causes

• Kids, who wet the bed are not able to feel that their bladders are full and don’t wake up to use the toilet.

• During childhood, some kids don’t produce enough anti-diuretic hormone, or ADH, to slow nighttime urine production.

• A urinary tract infection can make it difficult for child to control urination.

• Sometimes bed-wetting is a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, a condition in which the child’s breathing is interrupted during sleep — often because of inflamed or enlarged tonsils or adenoids.

• For a child who’s usually dry at night, bed-wetting may be the first sign of type 1 diabetes, if it is accompanied with passing large amounts of urine at once, unusual thirst, fatigue and weight loss in spite of a good appetite.

• Sometimes children who don’t have regular bowel movements retain urine as well. This can lead to bed-wetting at night.

• Sometimes a kid who wets the bed will have a realistic dream that he or she is using the bathroom.

• Many kids who wet the bed are very deep sleepers.

• Bedwetting may also be the result of the child’s tensions and emotions that require attention.
• Enuresis runs in families.

When a young child begins bedwetting after several months or years of dryness during the night, this may reflect new fears of insecurities. These include losing a family member or a loved one, arrival of a new baby, change of home. What your child needs is increased attention and assurance from you for these abrupt episodes of bedwetting to go away.

What can you do at home to prevent bedwetting

o Before going to bed eat two tsp walnut halves and one tsp raisins.
o Drink herbal tea made from herbs like oak bark, horsetail, wormwood or bearberry.
o Massage inner thigh of the patient with St. John’s wort oil.
o Practice retention control by postponing urination during the day, first by a few minutes and then by gradually increased amounts of time. This exercise will help strengthen the muscles that control urination and also increase the capacity of the bladder.
o Avoid taking liquids before bedtime and make sure you empty the bladder before hitting the sack.
o For treating bedwetting eat parsley and cinnamon bark. Eat fresh and natural foods like leafy vegetables, brown rice and so on.
o 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 juices of fruits like apple, orange, grapes and pineapple.

 Children rarely wet on purpose, and usually feel ashamed about the incident. Hence, do not discuss bedwetting with anyone when the child is present. A pediatrician’s advice is often very helpful in treating bedwetting.

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