Bed wetting is an involuntary action that occurs in adults and children. There are two types of bedwetting, also known as nighttime incontinence, primary and secondary enuresis.
-Primary enuresis is when a patient has never had a dry night.
-Secondary enuresis is when the patient wets the bed after a six month break.
Symptoms are pretty obvious, but we feel it is important to go over them. The most common is uncontrolled and unintentional bedwetting while sleeping. There are some other alarming symptoms you might not have known about.
-Children at least 6-7 years old and never been able to stay dry at night
-Wetting during the day
-Uncontrolled bowel movements (soiling)
-Pinkish cloudy urine
-Unusual symptoms with urination
-Burning sensation while urinating
There are many causes to bedwetting. Small bladder, defects in the urinary tract (rare), urinary tract infections, constipation, sickle-cell anemia, diabetes, epilepsy, and spinal cord abnormalities. Other causes could be that the patients has deep sleeping disorders and genetics might also be involved.
There is no proven cure for bedwetting, but a lot of remedies that are sworn by. We suggest contacting your general practitioner and asking for advice as well.
One hour before bed drink 6-8 ounces of pure organic cranberry juice.
Causticum, ursi, corn silk, pulsatilla, and lycopodium are great for bed wetting.
Walnut and Raisins
Eat two teaspoons of walnut halves and one teaspoon of raisins.
Drink herbal teas before going to bed, the best are oak bark, horsetail, wormwood, and even bearberry.
Control Urination During the day
It is called retention control. Patients should try postponing urination by ten to twenty minutes during the day. This exercise helps the muscles to strengthen thus eliminating the sudden urge to go NOW.
A diet high in fiber is really beneficial for patients who suffer from bed wetting. Some other things to include in your diet:
Avoid these foods before bed
-Fruits like apples, grapes, pineapples, and oranges (anything juicy and sweet)
Some say to avoid foods that might cause allergies because even if you do not suffer an allergy brought on by these foods, you might react differently in your sleep.
Sleeping disorders are some of the most difficult disorders to cure. A common error in many parents and society in general is the shunning of people who suffer from bedwetting. A better understanding of the disorder would probably shed some positive light on the disorder and the patients who suffer from it. We recommend educating those who suffer from it, friends, and family. Patients should never feel ashamed of this and need an open outlet to go to and gain support while trying to solve this extremely disruptive disorder.