Bed-Wetting and Chiropractic

Bed-wetting can be a frustrating thing for parents and takes a tremendous toll on children. Shame, guilt, impaired social skills, plastic mattress covers, frustration, alarms, no sleepovers and the list goes on.

Bed-wetting or enuresis (the involuntary passage of urine) is a poorly understood problem that continues after the child reaches five years of age. After that, the inability to stay dry at night may be a sign of an underlying problem. (Primary nocturnal enuresis-is the condition where a lengthy period of dry nights has yet to be established).

Causes of Bed-wetting

The brain controls all parts of the body, via nerves. If the brain has proper communication to the body, the individual parts of the body should be able to function correctly. It is through the nervous system that the brain sends messages to the bladder, etc. If there is a block in this pathway it could lead to a problem such as bed-wetting, inability to control urine output, frequent urination, etc.

  • You were one – 75% of all childhood bed-wetter’s have a parent who was also one
  • The communication link between their brain and bladder isn’t mature enough yet to function properly during sleep
  • He or she is a very deep sleeper; therefore, their brain just doesn’t receive the ‘full bladder’ signal
  • He or she may have a lower level of anti-diuretic hormone (ADH). ADH tells the kidneys to stop producing urine when you sleep
  • Your child is constipated and the bowel is putting pressure on the bladder.
  • The child has poor daytime toilet habits (ignoring the urge to urinate for as long as possible)
  • Also, children with Attention Deficit Disorder, learning disabilities or allergies seem to be more likely to be bed-wetter’s than children in the general population
  • *Subluxations to the spine caused by car accidents, slips and falls, birth etc

Many parents once thought that childhood bed-wetting was due to laziness, willful, or disobedience this is far from the truth. What child would actually want to sleep in a wet bed all night?

Can Chiropractic help with Bed-wetting?

When you think Chiropractors, do you think that all they treat is back and neck pain? Not at all!

In most cases, bed-wetting is considered as just an unfortunate childhood problem, and no outside treatment is sought. The parents are frequently prepared to simply wait until the child grows out of it, and in most cases these problems go untreated.

Chiropractic offers bed-wetter’s a drug-free, safe and all-natural approach to reduce, or even eliminate, the incidence of bed-wetting and this why Chiropractic care has become the most popular alternative health discipline.

Upon your child’s first visit to the Chiropractor a through consultation and examination will be carried out, and if the Chiropractor believes the bed-wetting is due to nerve interference from the spine, (which can cause messages from the brain not to be received by the bladder) Chiropractic will be able to help return normal body function, reducing or even eliminating the problem of “wet” nights. To be able to treat bed-wetting is important to locate and correct the underlying cause.

*Subluxation; a subluxation is the result of spinal bones with improper motion or position affecting nerve communications between your brain and your body.

Resource: Rodnick, A. & Rodnick, P. (2010) Resolution of Childhood Nocturnal Enuresis Following Subluxation-Based Chiropractic Care: A Retrospective Case Report. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health Chiropractic, 2010(4), 159-162.