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Natural Cures for Nocturnal Enuresis (Bedwetting)

Last Modified on Sep 30, 2015

Bedwetting is a fairly common issue among infants and young children; however, the condition can continue later in childhood and even into adulthood due to a variety of factors. If you or your loved one is experiencing issues with enuresis, we have a few suggestions to help you overcome it. Dietary changes, apple cider vinegar, and chamomile tea are a few of our best suggestions.

What Is Enuresis?

Bedwetting or enuresis is the involuntary passing of urine, typically during one’s sleep. The condition is labeled as “enuresis” when the issue is persistent and occurs on a regular basis. The general rule of thumb is that bedwetting occurs at least twice a week in succession for a period of at least three months. Likewise, the affected individual must be older than the age of “projected bladder control,” which is commonly held at 5 years old.

What Causes Bedwetting?

Doctors have not yet identified a specific cause for bedwetting; however, several factors seem to play some role. Individuals most frequently affected by the condition are likely to have a small bladder, slow developing nerves in the bladder, or a hormonal imbalance. Stress, urinary tract infections, sleep apnea, diabetes, and chronic constipation also contribute to the condition.

Do Natural Remedies Actually Help?

While you should seek medical care to rule out a more serious medical condition, you typically can treat enuresis naturally. Dietary changes and drinking an apple cider vinegar tonic or even chamomile tea may help treat the issue. Likewise, staying hydrated throughout the day and maintaining regular bathroom habits should also help.

1. Dietary Changes

To help treat bladder control issues, try avoiding or completely eliminating caffeine, cola, chocolate, and other sugary foods. Caffeine and sugar often exacerbate bladder issues, so eliminating them should help treat the issue.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

Imbalance in the body’s acidity is one issue that may contribute to bedwetting. Apple cider vinegar helps equalize the pH level and allows the body to cleanse itself more effectively, which helps eradicate issues with bedwetting.

3. Chamomile Tea

Chamomile is a natural anti-inflammatory agent as well as a mild sedative. If you drink chamomile tea before bed, it will help relieve issues that may be aggravating bladder control problems and will prevent nighttime accidents.

Please let us know how these remedies worked for you or if you have a treatment suggestion of your own. Continue reading below for more suggestions from our readers!

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Chamomile Tea
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Posted by Jeremiah (San Diego, California) on 08/02/2009

[WARNING!]  For all those who have Enuresis, I can state as fact that even if you take medication to control your enuresis, Chamomile Tea will overpower that medication, and should not be taken. If you have anxiety, or need help getting to sleep, try other sources, because Chamomile Tea, at least for me, makes me really go.

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Posted by Pip (Hamilton, New Zealand) on 07/30/2015

[YEA]  After nearly a year of trying everything for my five/six year old the thing that finally worked was D-Mannose. Between the ages of 3-5 he had actually been pretty good, was dry most of the time, but then steadily got worse until he seemed to almost lack bladder control during the day as well. I read yet another thing on yet another forum trying to find answers and it actually made sense. The person said that boys in particular can have a build up of bad bacteria in the bladder which can lead to bedwetting. UTIs can also cause bedwetting (though he didn't appear to have one). The suggestion was to use D-Mannose which is commonly used for UTIs, having used it myself a few years back. The bad bacteria clings to it and gets washed out of your body.

After about the second day on it he has been dry ever since, and even started getting himself up to go at night (previously he seemed comatose all night, there was no waking him). I still give him a little bit (half a teaspoon) every two days since doing the initial course suggested on the bottle. I also give him cranberry juice occasionally for good measure, and recently started probiotics as well for a more permanent fix. I think it was necessary to think long term because there was a few days where I slackened off thinking he was 'all fixed', and he had a bit of a whoopsie one day first thing in the morning.

This has been life changing (the washing! ) and worked really fast. I had literally tried everything else. I hope this helps someone, it's a very hard situation for a family.

Replied by Meesh
Chicago, Il

Can you please tell me how much of the D-Mannose you give your child? I am willing to try almost anything at this point. My son is 11!

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Posted by Bk (Texas, US) on 10/11/2014

My son had bad bedwetting up till 12-13 years old. We often wouldn't let him have sleep overs because of it. Would have to wash sheets everyday. He was one of those deep sleepers that would sleep right through it. We took him off dairy products and it made a huge difference and now he has finally grown out of it. I would suggest trying this if you have not

Eliminate Caffeine, Cola, Chocolate
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Posted by Sweetpea (Henderson, Nv, U.S.) on 10/23/2009

[YEA]  The 3 C's to Stop Enuresis (Bed-wetting)

My son had a problem with Enuresis until he was about 8 years old. We tried the Moisture Detecting Electrodes and all we got was a tired and sleep deprived kid that couldn't concentrate in school (due to being tired) and the same with us parents. That went on for about 6 months and it was horrible. All he learned was how to make his bed rather quickly. For the record, I am a big fat "NAY" to that method.

Then I read about "The 3 C's to Stop Enuresis". They are Caffeine, Cola, and Chocolate. So we tried it - no chocolate milk afer 4pm, and no chocolate ice cream for dessert. Result: no wet bed. After about 2 weeks of juice (no limits, as much as he wanted) we let him have chocolate milk. Result: wet bed. Went back to juice only in the late`afternoon, but let him have chocolate ice cream. Wet bed again. If we gave him plain milk or strawberry milk, no wet bed. Same if we let him have any other flavor of ice cream than chocolate. Then he went to a birthday party; chocolate cake with chocolate frosting ~ yes, a wet bed. After 6 weeks of tracking what he ate & drank I found the only nights he was wet was if he had chocolate, caffine, or cola after 4pm. Needless to say, from then on there were no more problems.

Replied by Katie
Atlantic, Pa, Usa

my mum took my 13 yr old brother to a Urolagist for bed wetting he told her to take away red and yellow dyes ( in food ) the only time in 3 months he has wet is when he has had the red dye. the doctor also said these dyes are a cause of adhd
Replied by Rescuemomma
Bryan, Tx

My son has wet the bed almost every night of his life and he is almost 10 years old. He's never had caffeine and rarely drinks any decaffeinated soda. He's also not a big chocolate fan, so for us that method doesn't work.

Moisture Detecting Electrodes
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Posted by Michael (tempe, Az) on 10/09/2008

[YEA]  Hi. our youngest son was a bed wetter for a long time - he was a very deep sleeper. We used one of the moisture detecting electrodes inserted in the front of his diaper and connected to an alarm. this worked very well... they can be perchased at most medical shops. We had to experiment with a couple of different brands before we found the right one. Sorry that its not exactly a folk remedy, but it it does mean you don't have to use any type of drugs..

Replied by Lacey
Bonney Lake, WA

My son is 10 yeas old and has a bed wetting problem. I was told about that moisture detecting electrodes as well, and was told it was $100. We don't have money that kind of money. Do you know of another way? And do you know of a way to get the smell out his bed?
Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn.

To Lacey from Bonny Lake, Wa.

I have been told that 1 tsp. of honey at bedtime will stop bedwetting. Make sure the honey you buy is produced within 50 miles of your home. This is one of thosoe things that will not harm unless he is allergic to honey (don't know of anyone who is though).

Replied by Wendy
Orillia, Ontario Canada

Urine smells can be gotten out of mattresses by using straight white vinegar. I put it in a spray bottle and spray it on and leave it for the day. If it is especially bad, I pour on the vinegar and leave it. It gets rid of it completely. I have 3 kids and lots of accidents ;-)

Sleep on Your Side
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Posted by Eddie (Cape Town, Rsa) on 09/06/2009

[YEA]  BEDWETTING . do not sleep on your back as it creates pressure on your bladder . always sleep on your sides . apparently sleeping on your stomach is bad for your back. so sleep on your sides only . thanks for the greatest website

Replied by Suzi
Missoula, Montana

Yes, good advice with one caveat....never sleep on your left side, it puts pressure on your heart from the other organs.

Water or Honey
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Posted by Angela (Tonasket, WA) on 08/12/2008

[YEA]  I had a bad case of bed wetting as a child, until I was a teenager. I had antibiotics because of suspected bladder infections, and also a tube surgically placed in my urethra(?) that was suppose to help. Nothing did very long and now I suspect it was because of what my parents did with me at the first sign of it being a problem. . .they restricted water at bed time. I have since heard about the water cure at and also read about the water retaining qualities of honey that keep the bladder from getting toxic levels of strong pee in the bladder. One cure was drinking more, especially before bed time, the other was taking two teaspoons of honey to bring more water that's already in the body to the bladder. They both work on the same principle apparently. I don't remember what eventually cured me, but it wasn't sudden I know. I suspect I had many symptomless uti's and if I had've tried 2 cider vinigar and 2 t. honey, in some warm water, I could have killed two birds with one stone. I hope no child has to suffer thru bedwetting like I did. (It also goes with nervous behaviors in children, like nail biting -which I did) Hope this helps someone.

Replied by Joy
Pensacola, Fl

[NAY]   I tried this with my 9 yr old. It only made him go alot more at night. Only made things worse. DID NOT work at all. In fact, because of the issues of urine in the bed and carpet, I told him he would have to wear pull-ups at night. (I've tried bedwetting alarms, to no avail.) Well, he certainly did not want to wear what he called "baby diapers". I told him if he was dry for a month, he wouldn't have to wear them anymore. It's been week and a half, and he's been only wet twice, whereas it's usually almost every night. It seems in my son's case, it's mind over matter.
Replied by Isabelle
Garden Grove, Ca, Usa

dear joy, i am so sorry for your kid difficulty. i am an retired clinical hypnotherapist, and i can assure you that if you find a good hypnotherapist in florida, in one to two sessions your kid will be cured. ask in advance how many sessions it probably will take and if it is much more don't go. means they are not honest or efficient so look for a different one. many years ago there was a very good hypnotherapist teacher in Florida, if i remember well, name gerard kein or something like that may be on the internet or you can find some of his students. take care, peace!
Replied by Been There Done That
Phoenix, Az

Look for allergies. Didn't know I was allergic to feather/down pillows and bedding until I threw out my old feather pillow and got a new one. I've always had feather pillows, but when I realized that I couldn't breathe the first night with my new pillow, something clicked. Also, I noticed my son would wet the bed whenever we slept somewhere that had feather bedding. Now I can't stand the way that they smell. Also, sugar is a big culprit. Ever notice how much you have to pee after eating or drinking sugary things? Your body is trying to get it out of your system so it flushes your kidneys by making you pee.
Replied by Joy
Pensacola, Fl

I can't believe it has been that long since my post. So here is the update. We moved to a new house and bought him a new bed and bedroom set, and the bed-wetting only became an occasional issue. We are no longer in that house. I don't know exactly how often he still goes at night, but I have noticed one or two urine-soaked pajamas about every two weeks in his laundry. He is 10 1/2 now, and I was hoping that this would have been resolved by now.

Isabelle, before, I would have passed up the idea of hypnotherapy, but I am currently reading Instant Self-Hypnosis: How to Hypnotize Yourself with Your Eyes Open. I had no idea the reality of this form of therapy; most people (including my former self) believe it to be what is portrayed by movies and entertaining hypnotist shows. There is a chapter on doing this on others, but I will see if it works on myself first.

Been there done that, it may very well be allergies. I doubt it is atmospheric though. We have moved plenty of times with no difference, and we don't use feather pillows. If it is related to diet (sugar, dairy, wheat, etc) it would be too daunting and time-consuming to eliminate one factor at a time and wait a few weeks each. I will try to keep you posted.

Replied by Kristy
Seattle, Wa

Just from my family experience, my son has had issues with bedwetting. From going to the Dr several times he has been diagonosed with constipation. Keeping on top of that with childrens probiotics, clean diet, plenty of water and exercise it has improved tremendously.