Helping Bedwetting with Chiropractic Care

Bedwetting, known as nocturnal enuresis, is involuntary urination three or more nights per week. An estimated five to seven million kids in the United States deal with bedwetting, and it’s more common among young children. Approximately 15 percent of children will wet the bed by age five.

Parents search high and low for solutions, often going to their child’s pediatrician for help. Some medical conditions may explain their bedwetting, but there are many children whose bedwetting is caused by nerve interference.

Education and behavioral therapy, enuresis alarms, and medications all have limitations in treatment. Chiropractic care can help improve the function of nerves and organs that control the urinary system, helping your child stay dry throughout the night.

Causes for Bedwetting

Primary Enuresis

A child wets the bed due to a delay in bladder control or incomplete toilet training after age five. This is the most common type of bedwetting.

Secondary Enuresis

A child begins wetting the bed at least six months after learning how to control their bladder. Some children may start wetting the bed years after toilet training.

Common Causes

  • Delay in bladder maturation
  • Incomplete toilet training
  • Genetics
  • Sleep problems
  • Caffeine intake
  • Constipation
  • Urinary tract infections

Rare Causes

  • Hormonal problems
  • Muscle spasms
  • Diabetes
  • Urinary tract abnormalities
  • Emotional and psychological stress

Common Symptoms

Some of these children suffer greatly from low self-esteem, which can significantly impact their mental and emotional well-being. Bedwetting comes along with stigma, embarrassment, and stress.

If this wasn’t bad enough, many children struggle with their social life and miss out on sleepovers, parties, and school camps to avoid other children finding out about their bedwetting problems. It’s also a trying time for parents whose sleep schedules are interrupted and who must wash their child’s bedding frequently.

Help for Bedwetting at Innate Life Chiropractic

Nerves in the bladder signal to the brain, indicating it’s full. The brain then sends a message back to the bladder, keeping it from automatically emptying until the person is ready to go to the bathroom.

However, interference in the central nervous system can cause disruptions to those signals. Clearing the central nervous system of subluxations with chiropractic care may help the brain recognize the bladder is full and wake the child up. For some kids, this seems to result in more dry nights and improved bladder control.

Getting Started

For 20 percent of affected children, bedwetting spontaneously resolves by five. However, it persists into adolescence for most. The older the child becomes, the more difficult it is to resolve bedwetting. You may have tried everything, but there is still hope with chiropractic care.

Evaluating your child’s nervous system for interference begins with a trip to the chiropractor. Dr. Nathan of Innate Life Chiropractic can determine where a vertebral subluxation is. Then, he will gently adjust to correct the misalignment and restore proper function to the entire body. It’s not just about dry nights. This is about the child’s mental, emotional, and social well-being.