Bedwetting is involuntary urination during sleep. Most children become reliably dry at night between the ages of 3 and 7. Child may need treatment if he or she continues after age 7, or starts again after 6 months or more of dry nights. If child wets the bed regularly, it is most likely to be because he or she has not yet learned bladder control; this will improve by time. Bedwetting may be caused due to immature nervous system, bladder infection, small bladder, inadequate antidiuretic hormone, constipation, epilepsy or an emotional upset such as bullying. Bedwetting tends to run in families.
- Child still wets the bed after the age of 6 or 7.
- Child suddenly starts to wet the bed after a period of being dry at night.
- Child’s urine has a strong smell or accompanied by painful urination.
Home Remedies for Bedwetting
- Walnut: Eat two walnut halves and 5-6 raisins before going to bed.
- Cranberry: One hour before going to bed take six to eight oz. of cranberry juice.
Do’s for Bedwetting
- Eat a fiber rich diet to prevent bedwetting due to constipation.
- Put child to bed earlier. Make sure he or she uses the toilet before going to bed.
- Praise and reward your child for dry nights.
- Teach your child bladder-control exercises and techniques which may help to reduce the number of bed-wetting episodes. Each time the patient feels like urinating he must hold it for few seconds. This will stretch the bladder and the patient will be able to hold it for longer time.
Don’ts for Bedwetting
- Never punish a child for bedwetting. Explain to the child that the problem is not his or her fault.
- Don’t restrict fluids, but ask child not to drink anything within 2 or 3 hours of bedtime.
- Avoid giving chocolate or cola in the early evening.
- Your child’s bedwetting persists despite using the measures described above.
- If a child has a fever and a burning feeling when urinating.