Bed Wetting: Is it Normal?
Source: American Academy of Pediatrics
Bed wetting is also known as nocturnal enuresis. This condition may be persistent through a certain age. It is a matter of concern if it continues to be present after 6 years of age. Bed wetting in children may even be present up to 7 years of age. There are many reasons it could continue after 7 years of age. Low room temperature, more fluid intake and more water intake before bed time are some of the reasons for this condition.
BED WETTING CAUSESPrimary phase:
The urogenital system may be under-developed or still in the developing stage. A child with this problem does not have control over bladder. Children face problems with using the toilet when the bladder is full. Children have improper toilet training and laziness. High amounts of caffeine and diuretics in food also lead to high urine output.
In this phase children stop bed wetting for 12 months but start again later. Causes of this phase: a) Diabetes b) High urine output C) Urinary tract infections d) Stress or depression e) Genetic issues Treatment: Generally, children stop bed-wetting by age 7 and no treatment is required for children up until this age. Consultation with a paediatrician is necessary if children continue bed-wetting for 3 to 4 times a week for more than two months. For treatment, complete the child’s medical history and some investigations will be necessary. Some instances of bed-wetting may be solved with the use of simple home remedies and lifestyle changes.Some studies have shown that certain food habits are known to reduce symptoms of bed-wetting..
Cranberry juice: consuming cranberry juice during bedtime has shown many benefits for reducing bed-wetting. It also reduces urinary tract infections in children..
Walnut and kiss miss may also help. They are a rich sources of fibre and potassium. Simple home remedies may also enhance growth in children. .
Bananas: consuming bananas during evening hours helps to reduce bed-wetting..
Cinnamon and honey may help, and are also known to control diabetes in children.