A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Bed-wetting
I had a question the other day about bed-wetting.
The medical term for this is enuresis.
Bed-wetting at night is the most common problem although there’s a daytime version also.
Some children experience a combination of both.
This behavior may or may not be purposeful.
The condition isn’t diagnosed unless the child is 5 years or older.
The main symptoms of enuresis are:
>Wetting in the clothes.
>Wetting at least twice a week for approximately 3 months.
Many factors may be involved in the development of enuresis.
Involuntary, or non-intentional, release of urine may result from:
>A small bladder.
>Persistent urinary tract infections.
>Developmental delays that interfere with toilet training.
Voluntary, or intentional, enuresis may be linked to behavior disorders or emotional disorders like anxiety.
Enuresis also appears to run in families.
In addition, toilet training that’s forced or started when the child is too young may be a factor, but there’s not enough research in this area yet to make conclusions.
Children with enuresis are often described as heavy sleepers who don’t wake up when their bladders are full.
Enuresis is a common childhood problem.
Approximately 7% of boys and 3% of girls age 5 have enuresis.
These numbers drop to 3% of boys and 2% of girls by age 10.
Most children outgrow this problem by the time they become teens, with only about 1% of males and less than 1% of females having the disorder at 18.
Treatment may not be needed for mild cases of enuresis, because most children with this condition outgrow it.
To deal with bed-wetting it’s beneficial to:
*Drink lots of purified water daily.
*Try using buchu, corn silk, oat straw, parsley, and/or plantain. Take these herbs before 3:00 p.m. so they have time to work before bedtime.
*Consume more foods high in vitamin B2 and vitamin B5, including bee pollen, brewer’s yeast, soaked nuts, and spirulina.
*Don’t drink liquids within 30 minutes of bedtime.
*See your health care provider for food allergy testing. Bed-wetting is often caused by food allergies. Omit cow’s milk, which is highly allergenic, from the diet. Also eliminate from the diet carbonated beverages, chocolate, cocoa, cooked spinach, refined carbohydrates (including junk food), rhubarb, and products containing caffeine or food coloring.
*Bed-wetting in children has been shown to cause low self-esteem, attention deficit, or behavioral problems and is best treated with sympathy and understanding. Don’t spank or scold a child for bed-wetting. This only complicates the problem. Instead, give rewards for not wetting the bed.
*Ensure there are no underlying medical concerns (infections, body structure).
*Get plenty of exercise, fresh air, sunshine, outdoors.
*Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
*Consider fresh juicing and/or power shakes for breakfast, snacks, picky eaters.
*Supplements may be crushed, gelcaps opened and added to juice, shakes, applesauce, etc.
*Explore energy medicine techniques.
*Decrease exposure to toxic products (cleaners, laundry, personal care, etc.)
*Decrease food and drinks bought and/or stored in plastic containers.
*Decrease microwaved foods (denatured food).
*Decrease processed foods, sugars, simple carbs, fats.
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