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How To Stop Bedwetting In Children ?

Bedwetting is also known as nighttime incontinence and nocturnal enuresis. Bedwetting has been a very common problem affecting children living across the world. Almost all the children must have wet their beds while sleeping at some time or the other, but it can cause embarrassment if it becomes a habit. It is actually the parents who go through the stress and inconvenience changing the child’s underwear and bed sheets particularly in the middle of the night. Though this is prevalent in children of both the genders, this is more seen in boys.
Bed wetting cannot be a cause for concern, if this happens in very young children who are below the age of 6, as they cannot have control over their bladders. If your child continues to wet his bed even after crossing the age of 7, then it is advised to find the causes without delay. You can seek the professional help in treating the habit of bed wetting in your child, but the process can be quite lengthy and needs a lot of patience along with commitment.  

Bedwetting cures may include medication, therapies, and home remedies.  Simple changes in your child’s lifestyle and dietary habits can help alleviate this problem to a greater extent.

Causes of Bedwetting in Children

In some children, determining the exact cause of bedwetting can be quite challenging for the doctors. However, some of the common factors that is known to play a vital role in finding the cause of bedwetting includes the below factors:
  • Bladder Size
  • Hormonal Imbalance
  • Infections such as UTI (Urinary Tract Infection)
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Stress
  • Constipation
  • Diabetes
  • Usage of Diuretics such as medicines that cause drowsiness.
  • Structural Defects of the urinary system or neurological system
Apart from these, there have been many reasons for children refuse to go to the bathroom at night because they are scared to walk up to the bathroom in the dark. To avoid this, parents are advised to make sure the path from the bed to the bathroom is not completely dark. Arrange a dim light in your child’s room

Diet for Bedwetting in Children

Given below are some of the suggestions that you may incorporate in your child’s diet:
Include leafy vegetables, fresh fruits, cereals, whole grains in your child’s diet; they flush out any harmful toxins from the body.
Include more of milk, bananas, and almonds in your child’s diet, as they help stop bed wetting.
Minimize the intake of sweets, processed foods, junk foods, meat, and eggs.
Very strictly avoid sodas, cola drinks, and fruit juices, as they can further worsen the problem.
Following a healthy diet that is high in vegetables and fresh fruits is always good for children in general, as this improves your child’s resistance, overall health, and wellbeing.

Home Remedies for Bedwetting in Children

If you have found that your child is wetting the bed not because of any medical issues, then you may be advised to incorporate a few changes or use home remedies in your child’s routine to tackle the problem.

Find below the most recommended lifestyle changes and home remedies for bedwetting:

  • Find out any fears that your child may have by talking to him.
  • Encourage your child to urinate before going to bed and once again just before going to bed and make this habit a routine.
  • Make sure that your child stays away from foods or drinks that contain even a small amount of caffeine or alcohol.
  • Restrict the intake of more liquids particularly in the evenings or before going to bed.
Suggestions for the Parents

As a parent, it is important that you understand the effect of bed wetting on your child. This is just an involuntary act that your child has no control over it and therefore, punishing your child may not be a good act.

The first step you do is, talk to your child about this why he or she is not going to the bathroom or if they have any fears or anxieties. Up to 50% of the children stopped bedwetting upon receiving a little extra attention from their parents.

Let your child be part of the situation by helping you changing the bed covers and keeping them in a laundry bag. Do praise your child for all the help in doing the above.

If your child is suffering from any health problems and is on medication about the same, then it is advised to speak to your doctor to check if the medication could be responsible for the situation.