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Bed-wetting — also called nighttime incontinence or nocturnal enuresis — is involuntary urination while asleep after the age at which staying dry at night can be reasonably expected.

Soggy sheets and pajamas — and an embarrassed child — are a familiar scene in many homes. But don't despair. Bed-wetting isn't a sign of toilet training gone bad. It's often just a normal part of a child's development. Generally, bed-wetting before age 7 isn't a concern. At this age, your child may still be developing nighttime bladder control. If bed-wetting continues, treat the problem with patience and understanding. Lifestyle changes, bladder training, moisture alarms and sometimes medication may help reduce bed-wetting.

Bedwetting, also known as nocturnal enuresis, is the involuntary urination during sleep in children over the age of 5. Many potty trained children who have managed to stay dry at night may suddenly begin bedwetting during sleep this can go on for years. Wetting the bed before the age of 7 is a natural stage in development and is so common it can hardly be called abnormal. The problem will most likely resolve itself over time and single episodes of bedwetting are not a concern. However a growing number of parents are concerned about their school aged child’s inability to stay dry at night. It can be daunting trying to figure out why your child can’t seem to wake up during the night and use the bathroom, when previously this was a non-issue. The common term for this is secondary bedwetting, the child has achieved night-time continence and due to psychological stress or some underlying medical conditions starts experiencing nighttime wetness.

As a parents your first thought is usually that your child is to lazy to get up however, (unless your child tells you directly that they peed the bed because they where to tired to get up like son mine did) bedwetting has nothing to do with laziness. There are numerous factors that can be contributing to your child’s incontinence its important to look at the whole picture and not just the symptom. Here is a list of some of the contributing causes but keep in mind your child may not be affected by any of these:

Physical considerations:

•           Hereditary

•           Difficulty waking up from sleep

•           Delayed development of the central nervous system affects the ability to recognize a full bladder

•           A small bladder

•           Some kids produce more urine at night if their anti-diuretic hormonal levels are low

•           Infection in the bladder or kidneys

•           Defect in the urethral valves in boys or in the ureter in girls or boys

•           Deformity or injury of the spinal cord

•           Sleep apnea

•           Type 1 Diabetes

•           Chronic constipation - full bowels can put pressure on the bladder

•           Caffeine intake like soda, coffee, and chocolate

•           Certain food allergies

•           Children with Down Syndrome, ADHD, developmental delays

Mental and Emotional concerns:

•           Improper or stressful toilet training

•           Stress from new fears or insecurities such as:

                  o   Arrival of a new baby

                  o   A new school

                  o   Sleeping away from home

                  o   Moving into a new home

                  o   Losing a family member

                  o   Parents divorce

                  o   Sexual abuse

                  o   Being bullied or teased

                  o   Being punished

                  o   Feeling rejected

                  o   Parental alcoholism

•           Nightmares

Truth be told, you may never know the actually cause of your child’s incontinence but you can be reassured you that there is a homeopathic solution.  Homeopathic medicine is very effective when it comes to childhood bedwetting. More and more parents are choosing homeopathy because it is safe, gentle and children respond quickly to Homeopathy. The homeopathic remedies act both on the psychological, physiological and physical level to relieve bedwetting. The Homeopathic remedies can prevent unwanted contractions of the bladder, restore normal bladder musculature, function and urethral sphincter control, and hence, prevent any involuntary passing of urine. Homeopathic remedies treat bedwetting naturally without disturbing the endocrine system and they reduce anxiety, which is attributed to cause bed-wetting in children. These remedies are natural, gentle, safe and can be given to children of any age. There is one major positive to having an older child who wets the bed which is the older child can usually explain specifically what he/she experiences emotionally and physically during the night hence making it easier to choose the exact remedy.

Symptoms

Most kids are fully toilet trained by age 5, but there's really no target date for developing complete bladder control. Between the ages of 5 and 7, bed-wetting remains a problem for some children. After 7 years of age, a small number of children still wet the bed.

When to see a doctor

Most children outgrow bed-wetting on their own — but some need a little help. In other cases, bed-wetting may be a sign of an underlying condition that needs medical attention.

Consult your child's doctor if:

Causes

No one knows for sure what causes bed-wetting, but various factors may play a role:

Risk factors

Bed-wetting can affect anyone, but it's twice as common in boys as in girls. Several factors have been associated with an increased risk of bed-wetting, including:

Complications

Although frustrating, bed-wetting without a physical cause doesn't pose any health risks. However, bed-wetting can create some issues for your child, including:

HOMOEOPATHIC TREATMENT :- 

Here are a few remedies that can be considered for patients large or small that are challenged by this problem:

Most of the information has been collected from experience , different sources , books , newspapers, clinical cases etc for the benifit of humanity and guiding people to adapt the new way of disease free lifestyle. 

Dr. Vidur SN Vithal BHMS; DNHE; MD (Hom.)

Internationally renound Homeopath & nutritionist.

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