Bedwetting is a common phenomenon among children aged between one to 5 years. Though it irritates the parents we take it casually and do not go for extreme scrutiny of the situation. But bedwetting among children who are above 5 years is a serious concern and as parents, we need to take this problem seriously and find out solutions at the earliest. Bedwetting in simple words is the inability of the child to control urination during sleep. Most common cause of bedwetting is found out among children who have small urinary bladder and hence are unable to hold on to urine for longer periods.
In order to understand the problem in detail, you need to first know that there are primarily two types of bedwetting, one is known as primary bedwetting and the other secondary bedwetting. Primary bedwetting is a situation when your child has been continuously wetting the bed from infancy, whereas secondary bedwetting is a situation where your child has not had a bedwetting incident for a long time, say for example six months and suddenly resumes the habit of bedwetting.
Primary bedwetting is caused by poor bathroom habits during the daytime, a state of deep sleep where they sometimes miss the signal sent by the brain that the bladder is full or body not developing the necessary bladder control to hold the urine all night. Secondary bedwetting is caused by small bladders among children, hormonal changes, problems such as diabetes, urinary tract infections, constipation etc., abnormalities in the neural system, heavy intake of caffeine and psychological problems such as stress and anxiety.
Though it makes you really angry to see that your child wets the bed even after passing the age of 5 years, it is important that you deal with this problem more prudently by talking the child through rather than bursting out your anger on the child. Here are a few remedies which you can try to stop your child from bedwetting:
Jaggery provides heat to the body. Hence you can make a drink of milk, mix it with a piece of jaggery and make your child drink the concocted milk before going to bed. Drinking this concoction helps in maintaining body warmth throughout the night which has the power to prevent the problem of bedwetting.
Honey is one of those magical food items which children love to eat. As it has the powers to make the bedwetting habit of your child vanish, it is recommended that you make your child eat a teaspoon of honey before going to bed.
- Cranberry Juice
Cranberry juice is one among those drugs which can do wonders for the urinary bladder, tract, and You can make your child drink this juice if he is suffering from the habit of bedwetting. Please make sure that you administer this drink to your child at least an hour before he goes to sleep.
- Olive Oil
Applying the heated on the lower abdomen of your child and massaging it for a few minutes can have a positive change among children who wet the bed. It is recommended that you apply the oil daily to witness the positive change.
- Mustard Powder
Mustard powder or seeds can be a natural remedy for helping in curbing the habit of bedwetting among your children. All you have to do is mix a teaspoon of mustard powder into a glass of milk and make your child drink the same. The mustard powder also helps people get rid of urinary troubles.
- Walnuts and Raisins
One of the great things about walnuts and raisins is that kids love them and you will have a much easier time administering them to your child. This healthy snack also has the power to curb the bedwetting habit of your child. To get a positive result you have to make your child two teaspoons of walnuts and one teaspoon of raisins.
- Herbal Tea
You can administer to your child a herbal tea which is made from a mixture of horsetail, oak bark, and bearberry to prevent the child from wetting the bed in the future. For making the herbal tea mix the above-mentioned ingredients in small quantities, boil them for a while and strain the mixture after seeping the water for a few hours. It is recommended that you make your child drink this mixture twice a day to get quick results.
The world famous ‘Amla’ is also known as Indian Gooseberry. This fruit which is used to cure many problems also has the powers to cure bedwetting problem of your child which is troubling you from a very long time. Just crush the pulp of amla, add a tablespoon of honey and also a little bit of turmeric powder to the pulp and serve it your child in the morning. You can also mix amla with black pepper and administer the same to your child before going to bed.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has the power to reduce acidity in your stomach and hence decrease the urge for frequent urination in your child. Just add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water and administer this drink to your child after every meal to get the maximum benefit.
- Cinnamon Powder
Making your child eat a cinnamon bark daily or adding the cinnamon powder in your child’s meal is a very simple way of preventing your child from wetting the bed.
We understand how much you care about the health of your child and hence we have recommended you the natural remedies which don’t have any side effects whatsoever. Though there are other medications which can be used to prevent the bedwetting it is not recommended as it can have side effects on the health of your child. We hope following these natural remedies will bring a positive change and your child will stop wetting the bed. Though these remedies can be of great help, it is better if you take out time to make sure that your child visits the toilet before going to bed.