Bedwetting is a common childhood disorder that often rectifies itself by the age of 7. However in some cases it does not. Why do some kids wet the bed and others not? Different theories include physical immaturity of the bladder, emotional stress, constipation, digestive disorders as well as simply drinking too much liquid before bed. It is a frustrating problem for both the child & parent, but what can we do?
One effective solution can be found in the ancient art of Chinese Medicine. Using acupuncture (both “taps” & non needle techniques such as massage and laser acupuncture) as well as herbal medicine, it has been used to strengthen the bladder, correct any underlying imbalances the child may have, resulting in dry nights, happy smiles and the end of bedwetting. Often in as little as 3-4 treatments.
Tips for Dry Nights Include;
1- Respond gently to wet nights. Never punish your child. They often already feel embarrassed & guilty already. Show patience, encouragement & support
2- Give praise on nights on which your child remains dry
3- Ensure your child full empty’s his or her bladder before bed.
4- Discourage evening fluids especially milk
5- Ensure a night light is on for easy access to the toilet.
6- Talk to your acupuncturist about available treatment options.
7. If your child is experiencing difficulty with anger or frustration, allow them an appropriate outlet to ensure that it is not bottled up. Give them a safe space to express them selves, use a drum to hit or yell in safety.
I personally have found this last tip especially helpful. I know that if I butt heads with my 4 year old boy & it ends in a screaming fit on his behalf, he always wets the bed. For example, we might fight over needing to put his PJ’s on. When he is over tired this is not something he wishes to do. Yet if I persist and he gets upset. No mater how many times we take him to the toilet that night, he always wets the bed. As my sister wisely says “always pick your battles”.
In traditional Chinese medicine the Five Elements theory is used to interpret the relationship between the physiology and pathology of the human body and the natural environment. Chinese five elements include wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. For example, the expression of wills is associated with the wood element according to Chinese medicine. When out of balance, this is often expressed as anger and frustration in young children. According to the five elements wood is nourished by the element of Water, just as it is in nature, water nourishes the tree. However when it is out of balance it will attack the very thing that it is meant to be nourishing it. That is the water element that controls the bladder & the kidney. This often results in bedwetting.
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