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Even after a child is well past being potty trained wetting the bed at night can still be an issue. For the very young (or just potty trained) this is likely normal. However, if your well past your diaper days there very well might be an underlying cause. If your child has been potty trained for quite a while and is still wetting the bed long term or has started back wetting the bed there are many things to consider.
Problems with certain foods can have many major affects on a child”s health – including bed wetting. Chances are if your child has severe food allergies or intolerance”s you”ve noticed things before. You might not have realized what you were noticing though because some reactions are easier to catch that others. Recent research shows that there is a long list of suspects (linked to bed wetting) but many contain the following:
- Wheat and dairy
The hard part in this is narrowing down what is causing the symptoms. If you know your child”s sensitivities are dairy for instance it might help to consider if on the nights he wets the bed if he has consumed any dairy. If you realize that every time he has wet the bed he had consumed dairy beforehand you can try eliminating dairy for a while to see if your problem is solved. If you think it might be an food issue but you don”t know what food it is you could try an elimination diet or check with your naturopath to help you determine what food is triggering the reaction.
Your child could have any number of small (or a few larger) illnesses that are causing their dilemma. For instance, if they are constipated their full bowels would press on the bladder, which could lead to contractions causing them to wet the bed or not be able to get up and to the bathroom on time. Urinary tract infections or kidney stone”s can also cause one to wet the bed. When considering your child”s overall well being ask yourself if there is anything else that can be wrong.
Also, consider your child”s mental state. Is there something major going on in their lives? Are they stressed about something? Psychological strain can often result physically as bed wetting.
Results from a recent study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics concluded that one-quarter of the 171 children in the study treated with chiropractic had a 50 percent reduction of bed wetting incidents. Being out of alignment can effect the way signals are being sent throughout the body. Once adjusted and properly aligned the nerves that effect urinary control are able to function better – leading the less wet nights.
Not Always “Normal”
By not getting to the bottom of a bed wetting problem you might be leaving something unresolved that could have a negative effect beyond wetting the bed. Find the trigger and then work to correct it. While doing so be understanding – keep in mind it is hard on everyone and the child might be feeling ashamed or upset with their actions and frustrated that they are outside of their control. It”s easy to brush of bed wetting as normal, just something that happens. In most cases, there is a reason.