Bedwetting occurs when kids wet the bed involuntarily, while they are asleep. The passing of urine unintentionally is experienced by young kids mostly because their bladder control is not fully developed or if their parents were also bedwetters. Studies show that if parents were wetting the bed when they were younger, there is a high chance their children will also wet the bed.
For most children, bedwetting is not a serious medical condition and it’s just part of growing up. However, if bedwetting occurs on a regularly basis in kids over 6 years old, treatment is recommended.
A visit to the doctor will probably result in your child taking some type of medication that will either relax the bladder, reduce the amount of urine produced by the kidneys, or both. Drugs can be really useful in certain social situations (going camping, sleepovers, etc…). In these cases, medication can offer relief and help avoid embarrassment.
However, drugs should not be used as a long term solution because of their side effects. Also, drugs do not actually cure bedwetting. They only treat the symptoms. When the drug is stopped, very few children remain dry. Use medication responsibly and consider cures that are safe and effective.
Chiropractors are well known for their ability to offer back pain relief. However, recent studies show that chiropractors are also good for treating bedwetting. A chiropractor will adjust your child’s spine, which will results in the relaxation of the muscles and the organs (including the bladder).
2. Natural remedies.
Another easy way of preventing your kids from wetting the bed is to use natural ingredients that have soothing and healing properties:
– Cinnamon is well known for its ability to keep the body warm. Have your child chew a piece of cinnamon stick, or sprinkle cinnamon on his dinner.
– Warm olive oil can also prevent bedwetting. Use some warm olive oil to massage the lower abdomen.
– Cranberry juice is one of the best natural cures for bladder infection and it also works amazingly well in preventing bedwetting.
3. Bedwetting alarms
Bedwetting alarms are used to condition the brain so that the child wakes up whenever they feel the need to urinate. Studies show bedwetting alarms are safe and a lot more effective than drugs.
There are two components that make up the alarm: the actual alarm and a sensor. When the sensor gets wet, the alarm goes off. The sensor can be attached to the underwear or to a pad that is placed under the child.
Even though bedwetting alarms are efficient in treating bedwetting, it takes time to see results. It is not unusual for parents to see no improvements during the first couple of weeks. However, there is a high chance your child will remain dry after couple of months of consistent usage.
If you decide to go with this treatment option, make sure to read some bedwetting alarm reviews.
4. Other ways of preventing bedwetting
– Limit liquid intake before bed time
– Your child should drink enough liquids during the day, in order to avoid dehydration at night
– Have your child use the potty 30 minutes before going to sleep.
Bio: Emily is the founder of Bedwetting Alarm 101 and offers advice on how to choose a bedwetting alarm.