Bedwetting is involuntary urination during sleep. It is also referred to as nighttime incontinence or nocturnal enuresis. It is of two types, primary enuresis and secondary enuresis. In primary enuresis the patient has never had dry nights. In secondary enuresis bedwetting is after a break of at least six months.
Symptoms related to Bedwetting
The most common symptom of bedwetting is uncontrolled and unintentional bedwetting while sleeping. However some other symptoms of bedwetting could be as follows:-
- Child is at least 6 or 7 years old and has never been able to stay dry overnight.
- Wetting during the day.
- Uncontrolled bowel movements that result in soiling.
- Cloudy pinkish urine.
- Straining, dribbling or other unusual symptoms with urination.
- Burning sensation while urinating.
Bedwetting in children may be due to immature nervous system due to which the child is not able to feel that his bladder is full.
- Sometimes it is also because of small bladder due to which the bladder is not able to hold all the urine produced during the night.
- In a very rare case it may be due to some defects in the urinary system.
- Some medical conditions like urinary tract infection, constipation, diabetes, sickle-cell anemia, or epilepsy may also cause bedwetting.
- Hormonal factors, wherein there is inadequate antidiuretic hormone. This hormone reduces the amount of urine produced by the kidneys.
- Spinal cord abnormalities.
- Genetic factors.
- Deep Sleep.
Natural Remedies for Bedwetting
-One hour before going to bed take six to eight oz. of cranberry juice.
- Bedwetting can also be treated using herbs like causticum, lycopodium, ursi, corn silk and pulsatilla.
-Before going to bed eat two tsp walnut halves and one tsp raisins.
- Drink herbal tea made from herbs like oak bark, horsetail, wormwood or bearberry.
- Massage inner thigh of the patient with St. John's wort oil.
- Retention control training - 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.
- Avoid taking liquids before bedtime and make sure you empty the bladder before hitting the sack.
Diet for Bedwetting
Eat Healthy Diet
Eat parsley and cinnamon bark. Eat fresh and natural foods like leafy vegetables, brown rice and so on. 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.
Diet to avoid
Avoid juices of fruits like apple, orange, grapes and pineapple. Avoid sweets, fruits, chocolates, meat and artificial additives. Foods like corn, soy, wheat, dairy products, tomatoes and eggs cause allergy. It is better to avoid such allergy causing foods. Avoid all processed and prepackaged foods.
Suggestions for treating Bedwetting
Alternative options for Bedwetting
Each time the patient feels like urinating he must hold it for few seconds. This will stretch the bladder and the patient will be able to hold it for longer time. Do not drink any thing just before going to bed.