Natural Approaches to Bed-Wetting
Bedwetting - also known as enuresis - is a common condition affecting more than 500,000 Canadian children age five and over. It can be an embarrassing and difficult problem for a child. Homeopathy and diet changes may help!
Over the years I have seen dozens of children with bed-wetting, also known as enuresis, successfully helped with homeopathy and occasionally through diet changes.
Many years ago I saw a 9-year-old boy with chronic bed-wetting. Throughout the visit he sat alone in a corner of my office, did not interact at all and did not play with any toys. He looked exhausted and had large allergic shiners under his eyes. The parents reported that he loved milk and drank several glasses a day.
Bed-Wetting and Food Sensitivities
My first recommendation was to take him off all milk and cow's dairy. When the family returned for a follow-up two weeks later he was a different boy, playing, talking, energetic and he had not wet the bed since the parents had taken him off the milk! Needless to say we were all quite surprised and thrilled with this dramatic change.
Many doctors think that some children just have small bladders or take longer to develop bladder control. This is only partially true in my experience. If a five-year old still wets the bed there is an underlying reason which can usually be addressed with lifestyle changes and homeopathy.
Homeopathic Treatment of Bed-Wetting
One of the most commonly used homeopathic remedies for bed-wetting is Tuberculinum, a remedy made from tubercular sputum. This does not sound appetizing I know, but for some reason children with a family history of TB seem to be much more prone to bed-wetting as well as an assortment of other health and behavioural concerns.
In homeopathic circles we consider Tuberculinum to be a bed-wetter's best friend. About 50% of cases may be successfully helped just with this remedy. It is also interesting to note that milk allergies are common in children requiring this remedy.
Occasionally a child regresses to bed-wetting after an acute illness such as the flu, in which case this remedy can also help dramatically.
Deep Sleepers and Bed-Wetting
It is common for parents of such children to tell me that the child sleeps very deeply and is difficult to arouse at night to take to the washroom. This is a good clue towards this remedy. Children who need this remedy are also often restless at night and may grind their teeth in their sleep.
The other 50% of children may benefit from a number of other remedies, each case is different and should be assessed on an individual basis.
So do not let your child or yourself suffer needlessly, a look at possible food sensitivities and a little homeopathic remedy may be all it takes to have dry nights and much less laundry.
Anke Zimmermann, BSc, FCAH, Classical and Modern Homeopathy, Sooke, BC
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Anke Zimmermann, BSc, FCAH
Classical and Modern Homeopathy
Sooke, BC, Canada
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