Bedwetting is not uncommon in children under 6 years of age. But some of them never outgrow this problem. Modern theories link bedwetting to the child’s emotional health along with the fact that the child may be suffering from poor muscle control, crossed signals in the communication between the nervous system and the brain.
A bedwetting child in the family is not often an isolated case. The child may have a close relative who does the same. Bedwetting is stressful not only for the child but also for the parents as well. They feel less confident in taking the child outside the home for stay overs and long journeys. At the same time, the child goes through a predicament, a phase of embarrassment, helplessness, guilt and seeks reassurance. As a parent of a bedwetting child, you should not make the child embarrassed in front of others or rebuke him for his ‘mistake’. And no yelling or spanking too. It will make the child all the more nervous and insecure.
Deep sleep, the inability to know that the bladder is full, an immature nervous system, other health conditions and so on are the main causes of nocturnal enuresis in children. There are no overnight remedies for this. Yet, you can take some measures to prevent bedwetting:
- Bladder training may work in some children, but slowly. Ask the child to hold urine for a few minutes more before he goes to the toilet. This may help him achieve bladder control.
- Limit the child’s bed time drinks.
- Do not allow the child to take caffeinated drinks like colas and coffee. It will increase the urine flow.
- A healthy diet is very important as Vitamin A is vital for the normal functioning of the bladder awhile calcium and magnesium help bladder spasms.
- Massaging the child’s inner thighs with St. Johns Wort will increase his bladder sensitivity. It will get rid of the child’s anxiety and depression, if any. It is important to let your child’s doctor know about your plans to use any of these herbs. You will need to make sure that these herbs would not interfere with any other medicine or the child’s existing physical condition.
- St. Johns Wort, Plantain, Cornsilk and Parsley are said to be helpful. Consult your herbologist on how to administer them.
- Equisetum (6cH), found in Asia and in Chinese medicine is gaining popularity as a homeopathic remedy to bed wetting.
Hope you see more of dry hours!