Home Remedies That Can Stop Bedwetting
There are many factors that could be the cause of bedwetting. However, it requires that the parents of the child remain patient with them and help them through it.
Bedwetting can be humiliating for children and teens, even more so when parents sing about it and they become the butt of never-ending jokes for other neighbourhood children. Some children even grow up with a nickname that stuck because of bedwetting. Many Nigerian parents seem to end up taking bedwetting as a slight. The causes of bedwetting may vary, but contrary to popular belief bedwetting isn't caused by drinking too much water before bedtime. It's not a psychological problem. Neither is it because your child is too lazy to get out of bed to go to the bathroom. And children don't wet the bed out of spite or to deliberately anger their parents.
Bedwetting is an involuntary activity. It is also known as Enuresis. It happens when one loses control of their bladder. Nocturnal enuresis is involuntary urination that occurs at night while a person is asleep, after surpassing the age when a person should be able to control their bladder. While involuntary urination that happens to a person during the day is called diurnal enuresis.
Types of bedwetting
There are two types of bedwetting.
- Primary bedwetting: primary bedwetting is the kind of bedwetting that has gone on since early childhood without letting up. In this case, the child has never managed to stay dry for any significant amount of time. This is an indication that the nervous system of the child is not mature yet. So the child doesn't recognize the sensations of a full bladder when asleep.
- Secondary bedwetting: secondary bedwetting is the kind that returns after the child has managed to stay dry for a significant amount of time, usually more than six months.
What Are The Causes Of Bedwetting?
Causes of primary bedwetting and secondary bedwetting differ.
- The child is still unable to hold his or her urine throughout the night.
- The child doesn't stir from sleep when his or her bladder is full. In some children, their bladder is smaller than others their age.
- During evening and night hours, the child produces a large amount of urine.
- Poor daytime toilet habits. It is not uncommon to find your child refusing to go use the toilet when his or her bladder is full. Typically, you may notice them squirming, squatting, crossing their legs, holding their groin all in a bid to put off urinating just a little bit longer.
Secondary bedwetting most times comes with underlying health or emotional issues. Causes include:
There's a high level of sugar in those with type one diabetes. What this results in is an increase in the amount of urine the body produces. There's an urge to urinate frequently because of this.
Urinary tract infection
Urinary tract infection causes irritation in the lower abdomen that results in abdominal pain or dysuria, which increases the frequency and urgency to urinate.
When there are abnormalities, injuries or diseases that disrupt the operational balance of the nervous system, control of urination is affected.
When the muscles, nerves and organs are abnormal, it can trigger incontinence and other urinary issues.
Emotional stress can cause bedwetting in children. Things that may bring about this emotional stress include conflict in the home, changes such as moving to a new home and starting a new school, physical and sexual abuse.
Home remedies for bedwetting
Below are the measures you could take at home.
- Help the child get used to getting up in the night to urinate. Set it as a goal. Make the child understand that it is more important and easier to wake up halfway through the night to urinate instead of trying to go the whole night without urinating.
- Reduce the amount of liquid the child takes in the evenings. Especially chocolate, caffeine, and carbonated drinks. This doesn't mean the child should not drink water after having dinner.
- Make sure the child's path to the toilet is easy and safe. Install night lights on the path if you have to. Or provide a portable toilet.
- Use a reward as an incentive. Let the child collect a sticker for each successful dry night and after some stickers, there's a reward.
- Do not try to use diapers or pull-ups because they can make the child reliant on them. It affects the motivation to wake up and use the bathroom instead.
Your attitude towards your child's bedwetting matters a lot. Understand that bedwetting isn't the child's fault, so avoid blaming or punishing the child. Be supportive and patient. And in the case where the child has siblings, enforce a "no teasing" rule. Be strict with it. This is very important. Cases of bedwetting can easily become a stigma for the child.