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Nocturnal Enuresis



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What Is Nocturnal Enuresis

Nocturnal Enuresis, commonly known as Bedwetting, is unintentional urination during sleep.  The act of wetting the bed is nothing more than an accident and it is common for children under the age of five.  Nocturnal Enuresis is can be infrequent and is never voluntary; therefore it should never be treated as anything more than an accident because negative treatment can lead to depression or low self-esteem.  It is common for girls to stop wetting the bed sooner than boys.  Nocturnal Enuresis is a phase that children eventually outgrow, but if bedwetting continues after extended dry periods it is adviseable to seek the root of the problem. 

Signs Of Nocturnal Enuresis

Most bedwetting occurs at night while the person is asleep.  This is the primary symptom and there are usually no other indicators of bedwetting.  If other symptoms occur, then the cause may be psychological or related to improper kidney function. 

  • Wetting the bed at night
  • Frequent or burning urination (symptom of something greater than bedwetting)
  • Cloudy or pinkish urine stains in underwear or pajamas (not a symptom of bedwetting)
What Causes Nocturnal Enuresis

Children tend to not be able to wake themselves during the night and have small bladders, both of which are the primary causes of Nocturnal Enuresis.  Waking up when the bladder is full is something that children learn how to do.  Nocturnal Enuresis usually stops over time, but it should be checked out if it persists longer than the expected quitting age. 

  • Inability to hold urine through the night
  • Poor toilet habits during the day
  • Not waking when the bladder is full
  • Drinking a lot of liquid or producing a lot of urine at night

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Natural Remedies
  • Bladder training exercises help condition the muscle that controls the release of urine from the bladder.  Having a child perform pelvic strengthening exercises can help stop Bedwetting.  Hold the position for 5-10 seconds about 10 times, and do this three times a day.  
  • Waiting to allow a child to use the bathroom when the urge to urinate arises can help train the child to control his/her bladder.  While this may pertain more for daytime accidents, it can help prevent nighttime bedwetting. Holding the bladder trains the muscles to resist the urge to release urine involuntarily. 
  • Drinking an apple cider vinegar and water solution three times a day can help children stop Nocturnal Enuresis. Apple cider vinegar regulates the acidity in the stomach and helps reduce the urge to urinate.
  • Massaging warmed olive oil on the lower abdomen of the child.  The warmth will help your child from urinating at night.  
Things you should eat
  • Cinnamon
  • Indian Gooseberries
  • Cranberries
  • Raw Walnuts and Raisins
  • Honey
  • Bananas
  • Fennel Seeds
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