Bed wetting is also termed as nocturnal enuresis or nighttime incontinence. It is the condition where there is involuntary urination during sleep. By the age of 5-7 years, children will get bladder control if the child is wetting the bed even after 7 years you need to consult your physician.
Causes of Bed-Wetting
- Children suffering from ADHD.
- Worm infestation.
- Chronic constipation.
- Stress, fear and emotional disturbance.
- Urinary tract infection.
- Small bladder and some neurological defects.
- Sleep apnoea.
Symptoms of Bed-Wetting
- You may notice painful urination in your child if there is urinary tract infection.
- Associated with hard stools.
- Your child with usually good bladder control suddenly starts wetting the bed.
- Snoring during sleep.
Management of Bed-Wetting
- If your child is suffering from constipation, you need to treat it with Triphala or Avipattikar churna and make few changes in diet.
- If you suspect worms in your child, deworm with Krimighna vati or vidangasava.
- Avoid giving more fluids after evening. Instead, give sufficient water during day time.
- Avoid giving beverages containing caffeine/ coffee / tea.
- Cultivate early dinner habit and avoid late night dinner.
- Instruct your child to urinate every 2 hours during day time and avoid urgency.
- Encourage your child to visit the toilet twice before going to bed.
- Don’t try to punish or tease or embarrass the child, it will worsen the condition.
- Counsel and talk well with the child to reduce stress and emotional disturbance.
- Try using moisture alarm or manual alarm technique. Observe your child for few days at night time and note the usual time of bedwetting. Set the alarm 10-15 minutes of the noted time. When the alarm rings, wake your child to visit the toilet and to come back to sleep again.
- Keep the bed lamp on at night times in your children room. So the child can make his way to the toilet without fear.
- Appreciate and praise the child when he doesn’t wet the bed.
- Few medicines like Neo, Manasamitra vati, Chandraprabha vati, Vastyamayantaka ghrita, Shilajit and Kalyanaka ghrita are very effective.
- Decoction prepared out of Yashtimadhu, Brahmi, Ashwagandha and Jatamansi are beneficial.
- Make sure to include tindora, cinnamon, amla, turmeric and mustard in the child’s diet regularly.
- Give regular oil massage with Dhanvantara taila to your child’s lower abdomen.
- Bladder, pelvic muscle strengthening exercises and certain asanas like Baddha Konasana, Pavanamuktasana, Baddha padmasana, Paschimottanasana, Chakrasana, Ardha matsyendrasana are beneficial.