Natural Home Remedies for Bed-Wetting

Enuresis, or bed-wetting, is most often caused by an unusually deep sleep in which a child does not wake when the body signals the need to urinate.

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You might find a variety of reasons published for bed-wetting but some of those who treat this condition believe that it is rarely, if ever, caused by psychological problems or from being too lazy to get out of bed.  Most children are embarrassed by bed-wetting and would get up repeatedly to avoid getting soaked in urine and causing distress in their parents.

One theory is that bed-wetting may be caused by slow development of the nerves that control the bladder.

PREVALENCE

Study results vary widely.

ALLOPATHIC TREATMENT

A doctor would check for infection, diabetes or abnormalities in the kidneys or bladder. A doctor might suggest moisture alarms and as a last resort, medication.

SELF TREATMENT

DIET

Diet may have little to do with your child’s bed-wetting, but to be on the safe side, be sure he or she is getting adequate nutrition to build a strong immune system, as well as strong bones and muscles.

TEAS AND OTHER LIQUIDS

  • Apple Cider vinegar to regulate acid levels
  • Cranberry juice
  • Fennel seeds in a glass of warm milk with a little honey, daily
  • Mustard seeds in a cup of warm milk before bedtime

HERBS AND SPICES

  • Ayurvedic herbs (see a practitioner)
  • Bed Wetting Stop tincture (a combination of herbs)
  • Cinnamon
  • Corn silk
  • Indian Gooseberry

ESSENTIAL OILS

Essential oils can be administered via a diffuser for inhalation, administered topically in a carrier oil (i.e. coconut, olive, almond, jojoba) on the skin, or undiluted drops can be added to a hot bath.

  • “Bed-wetting oils” by Young Living
  • Cypress oil for massage
  • Lavender

OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO

  • A mixture of a couple Indian gooseberries with a dab of honey and a pinch of turmeric each morning.
  • Bladder exercises
  • Chew cinnamon bark once a day.
  • Do some bladder exercises to help stretch and strengthen the muscles that control release of urine and increase capacity.
  • Drink cranberry juice which is said to be beneficial to the urinary tract.
  • Eat a couple of walnuts and several raisins before going to bed–repeat for a few months.
  • Fluid reduction in the evenings is recommended by some but others say it is ineffective. See Cautions.
  • Honey
  • Massage the child’s lower abdomen with warmed olive oil for several minutes daily.
  • Online treatment programs hold some promise. Google Bed-wetting therapy or Enuresis Clinics.
  • Stomach massage with oil before bed
  • Have fresh sheets and pajamas available to the child so if they are old enough to make the bed, they can do it in the night without disturbing anyone else.
  • Use a waterproof cover on the mattress and have an extra or two on hand.
  • Rinse the sheets and pajamas in cold water before washing.
  • Make sure the child has easy access to a toilet at night, with a night light to light the way.

ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

CAUTIONS

  • Alarms are more successful in a clinical setting than at home.
  • In some studies, reducing fluid intake in the evening has been shown to be ineffective but if you experiment with this be sure your child does not become dehydrated.
  • Medication may be ineffective, as well. Look at the research. If they work at all, they usually stop working as soon as you stop medicating.
  • Psychological counseling for the problem can cause psychological problems!
  • Reward and punishment are ineffective.
  • Wearing pull-ups does not aid in a cure.

 

 

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