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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. 

Food Allergy/intolerance

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
  • Gluten
  • Soy
  • Corn
  • Citrus
  • Chocolate

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.

Illness

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.

Chiropractic

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.

As always, if you have any major health related concerns contact your doctor of choice.

Have You Noticed Any Of These Things Cause Your Child To Wet The Bed? Did Fixing The Issue Resolve The Problem?

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13 Comments

  1. Oh my goodness, my husband and I have struggled for the past few years with my now 9 yr old wetting the bed, it has become increasingly frustrating as she doesn’t tell anyone and her sheets have spent days without bring washed. This article has given me new insight since we have explored every medical avenue as yo why this has been happening. Thank you

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  2. If wetting the bed has suddenly become an issue, I would have you childs’ blood glucose levels tested. High levels of blood sugar (type 1 diabetes) can also cause bed wetting. It’s one of the top symptoms that parents first notice. My son was just diagnosed,though he never wet the bed, he was up multiple times a night using the restroom.

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  3. My daughter just turned 7. She has NEVER been dry one single night. I know I wet the bed until I was about 10. I do think there may be a tad of laziness involved on her part. I am at my wit’s end here.

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  4. This is EXACTLY what we are dealing with now! Our 5 YO has bedwetting issues. Or regular doctor said not to worry until they were 7 or 8. We were concerned about celiac or an allergy so we took him to a specialist. He put him on a laxative (he was stressed and holding it because he didn’t want to go at school). Between that and our now monthly well visits with the chiropractor (he had scoliosis 6 months ago which is now just a tilt) we have seen AMAZING improvements! Great to get this info out for others like us! Thank you!

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  5. Yep. My daughter used to react to wheat with either a wet bed or a pee accident during the day. We did elimination communication (aka diaper free, or natural infant hygiene), so we figured it out when she was a one year old… At almost five, we think she’s outgrown the intolerance, because she’s accidentally had wheat twice, without a reaction the following morning/day.
    I occasionally wet the bed as a kid (right up past 10 years old). I ‘outgrew’ it, but I’ve wondered what food I was likely reacting to without realizing it.

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  6. It could be psycological as well. I have a family member that started wetting the bed at about age 7 and it turned out he was being abused. It is not something to ignore that is for sure.

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  7. My six year old will consistently wet the bed (even if taken to the bathroom once or twice during the night by us) unless he takes high doses of fermented cod-liver oil. At least we found a solution.

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  9. Another cause of bed wetting that you did not mention is lack of certain hormones.

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  10. I think that’s interesting that it could be a food intolerance.
    What would you consider “well past diaper days”? My friend’s daughter is 7, she’s been potty trained since she was 2 or so. I remember that my brother wet the bed until he was 7 or 9. Is that normal?
    Thank you for this post!

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    • It could be. However, at the point your getting well, well out of diaper days. That’s when it would be time to start looking into other possibilities.

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  11. My daughter’s pediatric urologist said not to worry until she’s 7. :)

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