Bedwetting, also known as enuresis, is a common phenomenon amongst infants and little kids.
Factors that could cause infantile bedwetting include; their bladder might be too small, urinary tract infections, hormone imbalance, sleeping too deeply or the child is still learning how to control his/her bladder. Stress could also be a factor. As such a child should not be punished for wetting the bed.
Kids do not wet their beds on purpose and most of them outgrow bedwetting.
Here are some tips to help your kid stop bedwetting;
- Ensure access to the toilet is easy for your child especially at night.
- Minimize consumption of fluids, for your child, within 2 hours of bedtime.
- If possible, let your kid sleep with absorbent pants throughout the night.
- Avoid blaming or castigating the child for bedwetting. Bedwetting is not an intentional act.
- Reassure your kid that bedwetting is common and he/she would eventually stop bedwetting with time.
- Setup a routine for your child to wake up at night to go urinate.
- Let your child know that the responsibility for staying dry throughout the night is his/hers.
- Make cleaning up, after bedwetting, easy by using waterproof bed covers, room deodorizers and “easy to wash” absorbent bedsheets.
- Ensure your child urinates, in the bathroom, before going to bed.
Below are 15 home remedies and natural treatments to help your child stop bedwetting;
1. Indian Gooseberries
Indian gooseberry is an age-old Ayurveda remedy for bedwetting in children. It can be taken in two ways. Take two Indian gooseberries and deseed them. Crush them to make a paste. Then, add a tablespoon of honey to it. Also, mix a pinch of powdered turmeric to it.
The child should consume 1 tablespoon of the Indian gooseberry mixture every morning to get rid of the condition. Another way to use it is to take a teaspoon of the freshly extracted pulp of the fruit and mix it with a pinch of powdered black pepper. Make your child consume it before going to bed.
Cinnamon is another natural way to stop bedwetting. The spice helps in keeping the body warm and prevents the condition. Chewing a cinnamon stick in a day will help your child to stop wetting the bed at night.
If chewing it directly is not possible, you may mix some powdered cinnamon with sugar and sprinkle it over a toast. Make them eat it regularly to completely stop the condition. Adding cinnamon powder, in small quantities, to your child’s meal may also prove to be beneficial.
3. Olive Oil
If the problem is chronic, you may use warm olive oil for massaging your child’s abdomen. It will prevent the kid from wetting the bed at night and will promote a better sleep. Take a little olive oil in a bowl and heat it slightly. Then, apply it to the abdomen and massage the area for 5-10 minutes. This will strengthen the muscles that control urine and help them get rid of the problem. Do it every day to completely eliminate the issue.
Honey is readily available and well liked by any child. It can be extremely helpful in reducing incidents of bedwetting. Make your child consume 1 teaspoon of honey at bedtime. You may add honey in place of sugar to sweeten their milk and make them sip it before going to bed. Alternatively, honey and milk can also be given at breakfast to resolve the problem in a natural way.
5. Walnuts And Raisins
The delicious combination of walnut and raisins are well-liked by children and are easy to mix without any mess. Surprisingly, it can greatly help in reducing the instances of bedwetting in an effective way. Just make them eat 2 walnuts and about 5 raisins regularly before going to bed until the problems persist.
6. Cranberry Juice
Cranberry juice is a great natural tonic for the kidneys, urinary tract, and the bladder. Although fluids should not be given to children having a problem with bed wetting before going to bed, a cup of cranberry juice can actually help them improve the condition. If the bedwetting occurs because of urinary infections, they should be given half cup of freshly extracted juice 3 times every day until there is some improvement.
7. Apple Cider Vinegar
High levels of acid in the stomach may increase the urge to urinate during the night. Apple cider vinegar helps in maintaining the pH of the body in an excellent way and reduces bedwetting. It also flushes out toxins from the body and treats constipation. Take a glass of water and add two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and make your child drink it with every meal. It should be consumed 3 times a day for effective results.
8. Bladder Exercises
There is nothing better than doing bladder exercises to stop bedwetting. It will help in strengthening the bladder muscles. Let your child practice tightening the pelvic muscles and holding it for a few minutes (5-10 minutes). Rest for 5-7 seconds and repeat it 10 times. Do it three times every day.
Another way to strengthen the bladder muscles is to make your child hold the urine for longer as soon as the urge to urinate arises. It will train the bladder to hold the urine and prevent wetting during sleep.
9. Fennel Seeds
Fennel seeds can work well in providing relief from bedwetting in children. All you have to do is take a glass of milk and add 1 teaspoon of fennel followed by 2 tablespoons of sugar. Mix well and let your child consume it to eliminate the problem in a natural way. Make sure you use warm milk.
Jaggery helps in keeping the body warm and reduce bedwetting effectively. To reap the benefits of this remedy, simply give a small piece of jaggery to your child with 1 cup of warm milk. Wait for an hour and make your child eat roasted sesame seeds and roasted celery seeds with a pinch of rock salt. Do this remedy every day for a few months.
11. Mustard Powder
Mustard seeds or mustard powder would greatly help in reducing the frequency of bedwetting. Take a cup of warm milk and add, to it, half a teaspoon of powdered mustard. Mix well and make your child consume it an hour before going to bed. Doing this on a regular basis will help in treating the condition in a sure way.
Banana can be an easy and effective way to deal with the issue. Since most children like to eat this delicious fruit, it can be used as a remedy without any problems. Give them at least two bananas every day, one during breakfast and one at bedtime. Banana is effective for adults too and can help in significantly reducing the problem.
13. Herbal Tea
Drinking a herbal tea made of oak bark, horsetail and bearberry can eliminate the problem in an effective way. All you have to do is put these herbs in hot water and bring it to boil. Let it steep for a few hours. Strain it and make your child sip a cup of it twice every day.
14. Homeopathic Medicines
There are a number of homeopathic medicines that can greatly help in completely curing bedwetting in both children and adults. Some of the homeopathic remedies are Belladonna, Rhus tox, Borax, Causticum and Argentum nitricum. Since the administration of the above medicines is based on the cause of bed wetting and the nature and characteristics of individuals, it is important to put them under the supervision of a doctor.
15. Preventive Measure
Besides the above home remedies, a few preventive measures can also provide relief from bedwetting. For example, encouraging your child to always urinating just before going to bed in order to empty their bladder. Also, do not allow them to consume fluids at night or just before going to bed. If possible, ask your child after a long interval of sleep time, if he/she wants to get up to urinate. It will help them to empty their bladder in the bathroom, at night, and stop bedwetting.
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