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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[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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[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.
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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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[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.
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[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..
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Bonney Lake, WA
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Orillia, Ontario Canada
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[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
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[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 watercure2.org 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 t.apple 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.
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Garden Grove, Ca, Usa
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