How many times have you as an adult dreamt you were sitting on the toilet passing urine and you suddenly wake up realizing your bladder is full?
Every now and then in your sleep a small dribble happens, even to adults too. Now imagine a child – they are still learning how to manage and understand the bladder/brain “I am full” sensation. Experts say that children usually should be able to have full control of their bladder by the age of 5 or latest 7. This is when the sensation of a full bladder and needing to go to the bathroom is well established and controlled.
Enuresis, also known as bedwetting or nighttime loss of bladder control, can happen to anyone at any age. It is common under younger children and more so with boys than girls. The child is still learning how to control the bladder when they are sleeping. An accident can happen yet should a child be older and still regularly wet the bed or suddenly start wetting the bed, the matter requires investigation and treatment.
See the doctor if the child:
- is still wetting the bed after the age of 7.
- suddenly starts wetting the bed yet they have been dry for months or years.
- has blood in the urine, painful urination, or excessive thirst with constipation and is snoring.
Other reasons for sudden bedwetting can be due to a bladder infection and requires a medical professional to treat it. Interestingly, diabetic children can suffer more from bedwetting due to the excessive thirst diabetes can cause. Enlarged tonsils or adenoids could cause impaired breathing, and this too could lead to wetting the bed. It’s less common yet known that obstruction in the urinary system can also lead to bladder control problems. This inability to control the bladder will be evident during the day too and not only when sleeping. Seeing a Urologist is then required to determine the cause and treatment for the child.
Make it a routine for the child to go to the bathroom before bedtime and limit fluids later in the day or just before bedtime to ensure the bladder is empty before resting.
Although bedwetting is frustrating for the child, bedwetting without any physical reasons is not harmful to the child’s wellbeing. However, bed-wetting can create some emotional issues for your child, including feeling embarrassed which will lead to a lower self-esteem, or they might not want to participate in sleepovers or other social activities with friends and family for fear of being embarrassed for wetting the bed and this time, someone else’s bed, not their own at home. Sleeping in wet underwear can also cause a rash or discomfort on the bottom and genital area too.
What can be done if there are no physical reasons for the problem?
Nature can help. Natura has a remedy called Enur for enuresis. You will find all you need to know about this remedy here. It is a gentle and effective remedy to help the child overcome bedwetting and bladder control.
Sadly, bedwetting is also one of the first signs of mental or physical abuse. It’s as if the subconscious mind needs to manage the trauma whilst sleeping and in doing so control of the bladder is lost. If this is the reason, intervention is urgently required. Please speak to your medical advisor. The specific remedy to help the child in a natural way to manage the trauma is Pegasus Trauma Rescue Shock. This invaluable remedy helps to deal with emotional and physical shock and trauma in a significant way. Follow the directions as per the label and use for as long as required. Note, this remedy is part of the treatment. Counselling, protection from whomever or whatever caused the trauma, or a change, is necessary to support the child.
If you are unsure and feel overwhelmed and confused about what to do, please see a homeopathic doctor that can support you and your child through this time. There are answers, it’s a matter of finding the right answers for your child.