What is Enuresis?
The medical name for nighttime bedwetting is Nocturnal enuresis that occurs beyond age of 5, affects many school-age children and even some teens. Sometimes it is also referred to as called involuntary urination that happens at night while sleeping, even after the age when a person should be able to control his or her bladder. If involuntary urination happens during the day then it is known as diurnal enuresis. It affects about 1–2 out of every 100 teens. It’s not a serious health issue. But still, bedwetting can be upsetting for children and parents.
What Is Enuresis?
Enuresis is more commonly known as bed-wetting. Nocturnal enuresis, or bed-wetting at night, is the most common type of elimination disorder. Daytime wetting is called diurnal enuresis. Some children experience either or a combination of both.
What are the types of Nocturnal Enuresis?
There are 2 types of nocturnal Enuresis:
Primary enuresis: A child who had no control on his bladder at night and has always wet the bed.
Secondary enuresis: A child who has bladder control at night for a period of at least 6 months, but lost that control and now wets the bed again.
Primary enuresis is much more common than secondary enuresis. Bedwetting in secondary enuresis could be a sign of a urinary tract infection or other health problems, neurological issues (related to the brain), stress, or other issues.
What are the causes of bedwetting?
- It is not completely understood the main cause of bedwetting. It is thought to happen due to delay in the development in at least one of the following three areas at nighttime:
- Bladder: Less space in the bladder during night time
- Kidney: Kidneys produces more urine at night
- Brain: Not able to wake up during sleep
Other causes are:
- A small bladder
- Persistent urinary tract infections
- Severe stress and anxiety
- Delays in the development that interfere with toilet training
- What are the symptoms of nocturnal enuresis?
- The main symptoms of enuresis include:
- Repeated bed-wetting
- Wetting in the clothes
- Bed wetting at least twice a week for three months
What are the home remedies for nocturnal Enuresis?
So for dealing with the nocturnal enuresis (bedwetting), there are some home remedies that you should give on a regular basis to your children.
Cinnamon herb is good for children who are dealing with nocturnal enuresis. This herb shows an anti-inflammatory property that helps in dealing with the bacterial infection or diabetes caused in bedwetting patients.
How to use:
Prepare powder of cinnamon & store it in a container. Put a small teaspoonful of this powder in desserts, milk, & vegetables. Give this mixture to your children.
Give a small piece of cinnamon to your children for chewing purposes.
Amla is commonly known as Indian Gooseberry. This is a very effective & good herb for nocturnal enuresis (bedwetting) children. It provides proper strength to the muscles in the bladder & controls the urine flow.
How to use:
Take fruit of Amla to make a pulp of it. Now take a teaspoonful of this pulp to add honey & a pinch of pure turmeric powder in it. Give this to your child early in the morning on an empty stomach.
Take one crushed Amla & add a pinch of black pepper powder in it. Give this mixture to your child before he/she hits the sheets.
Banana is a delicious and good fruit that is rich in potassium. This fruit naturally maintains sodium levels in the body. This fruit naturally treats the bedwetting problem in children.
How to use
Give one to two banana to your child daily for maintaining bedwetting problems naturally.
If your child did not eat a banana than you can mash one to two bananas in a bowl. Add milk & few raisins in it. This will change the taste and can be easily consumed.
Jaggery is hot in nature that will help to increase the body’s temperature & give warmness to the child that is facing bedwetting issue. This is easily available & a good home remedy for your children.
How to use
Take a piece of jaggery & boil it in a glass of milk. Every morning give this milk to your child.
Take few roasted sesame seeds, add jaggery, & a pinch of salt. Store it in a container. Give a teaspoonful of this mixture to your child for avoiding bedwetting.
Walnuts are good for dealing with the bedwetting problem. This nut is warm in nature that will help with the unnecessary urine passage.
How to use:
Take 3 to 4 walnuts & soak it overnight. Early in the morning peel these walnuts & give them to the bedwetting children.
Prepare a powder of dried walnuts & store it in a container. Take a teaspoonful of this powder & boil it in a glass of milk. Give this milk to the children.
6) Big Raisins (Munnaka):
Big Raisins (Munnaka) is another way of dealing with bedwetting patients. It provides natural heat to the body & prevents the bedwetting problem.
How to use:
Take 3 to 4 big raisins in a glass of milk. Boil it for 5 minutes, switch off the gas, let it cool down. Give this mixture to your child also give the left big raisins to eat.
You can also give 3 big raisins to eat directly without adding it to milk.
7) Mustard Seeds:
Mustard seeds is another good home remedy for nocturnal enuresis (bedwetting) patients. It also deals with urinary tract infections & gives effective results.
How to use:
Prepare a dry powder of mustard seeds & store it in a container. Take a cup of warm water & add 1/2 teaspoon of mustard seed powder in it. Boil this mixture, let it cool down, & give this to your children one hour before going to bed for sleep.
Take a teaspoonful of mustard seed powder in a glass of milk also adds jaggery in it. Give this mixture to your children.
Other Some Effective Tips for Parents:
The home remedies mentioned above are good, effective, & result giving. So use any of the two to three home remedies at home for dealing with Nocturnal enuresis (Bedwetting) at home.
Tips for parents whose children wet the bed:
Limit intake of food or drinks with caffeine and avoid salty snacks and sugary drinks, especially during the evening.
Encourage your child to go to the bathroom regularly during the day (every two to three hours) and just before going to bed.
Wake your child only once during the night to urinate, if necessary. Waking your child more than once a night may disrupt his or her sleep pattern, which could lead to problems at school the next day.
For sleepovers and overnight camps, consider sending your child with disposable underpants with boxer shorts over them. Talk with your child about asking the host parent or camp counselor to help them in private, if needed.