Bed-wetting is just downright embarrassing. Babies are expected to wet during the night, but a big kid (age six or older) is expected to be able to wake up and go to the bathroom at night. They are not expected to wet the bed. Nobody is any unhappier about bed-wetting than the person who is doing it.
There are lots of causes for bed-wetting. Bed-wetting can be caused simply because a child’s nervous system is immature and he can’t feel when his bladder is full. Sometimes the cause is that the bladder is very small and unable to hold the quantity of urine that is produced overnight. There are medical conditions that can cause bed-wetting, such as a urinary tract infection, constipation, diabetes, sickle-cell anemia, or epilepsy.
The first step in stopping bed-wetting is a good and thorough physical examination to eliminate and physical causes of the problem. When the physical causes have been eliminated, there are some home remedies for bed-wetting that have proven effective over the years.
- First, the bed wetter needs to try to strengthen the muscles that control the bladder during daylight hours by postponing urinating when he feels the urge. Urinating should be postponed only a few minutes and then gradually increased as the muscles develop.
- Using the herbs causticum, lycopodium, ursi, corn silk, and pulsatilla has proven effective in preventing bed-wetting.
- Eating a handful of walnut halves and raisins just before going to bed can help prevent bed-wetting.
- Tea made from herbs like oak bark, horsetail, wormwood, or bearberry well before bedtime is beneficial in reducing bed-wetting.
- Massage the inner thighs of the bed wetter with St. John’s Wort oil just before bedtime.
- Avoid drinking any liquid at least two hours before bedtime, and be certain that the bladder is completely empty before you turn the lights out.