|Bed wetting or nocturnal enuresis is an involuntary act, common in children but an embarrassing issue for both parents and children. Children involuntary urinate when asleep and feel embarrassed with themselves when their parents find out. There are several remedies for this issue but acceptance and a non punitive approach from parents speed things up. Bed wetting is uncommon but not completely absent among the adult population.
Common Causes of Bed Wetting
1. Having a Small Bladder
Structural issue like having a small urinary bladder can cause an increased urge to urinate.
2. Hormonal Imbalances
Some children may produce low amounts of anti diuretic hormone (ADH) that slows the production of urine during sleep at night.
3. Urinary Tract Infection
An infection in the urinary tract makes it hard for the kid to hold in urine. Signs of an infected tract include frequent urination, red or brown coloration and irritation when urinating.
Having high glucose levels in blood leads to frequent urination and can cause bed wetting.
5. Emotional Problems
Stressful events for the child like birth of a new sibling, starting school can be manifested as nocturnal enuresis.
Home Remedies to Tackle Bed Wetting
1. Cinnamon Bark
The bark of cinnamon is used commonly for nocturnal enuresis. Ask the child to chew on a a small stick of cinnamon before bedtime will help prevent bed wetting.
2. Coriander leaves
Chewing a few leaves of coriander or parsley is also considered effective in preventing bed wetting.
3. Nuts and dry fruits
Nuts like walnuts, almonds, etc. and dry fruits like raisins and dates are said to be helpful in preventing nocturnal enuresis.
4. Cranberry Juice
Drinking juice of cranberries before retiring to bed aids in sleep and also prevents bed wetting.
5. Bed Wetting Alarm
Bed wetting alarms are one of the most effective treatments in curbing bed wetting. The alarms includes a special moisture sensor that’s attachable to the child’s pants and emits an alarm when it senses moisture. This is intended to wake up the child and stop bed wetting in it’s initial stage. In the beginning, it is the parent who wakes up and in turn awakens the child. But the child soon starts to wake up to the alarm due to a psychological phenomena known as classical conditioning.
Other Preventive Measures
Other common preventive measures helpful in preventing nocturnal enuresis include
Providing positive reinforcements after the child urinates in the toilet can be combined with a treatment to increase effectiveness of the treatment. Also not punishing the child for wetting the bed and embarrassing the child further is very important for the child’s self esteem. Punishments tend to slow down the effectiveness of other treatments.