Enuresis and its treatments
Wet sheets, soggy pajamas, and an embarrassed child are a sign that is common in almost every house. However, do not despair because here we will break down for you what the problem is and how you can deal with it in a nutritional way.
It is commonly known as bedwetting or nocturnal enuresis. It is the inability of the child to control urination, especially during sleep. If this condition occurs before the age of 7 it means that the child is still growing control over the bladder. However if the problem persists beyond 7 years of age then parents should be concerned.
In order to treat enuresis, parents have to be patient and understanding otherwise the child might develop an inferiority complex.
In case of bedwetting, you need to look for the following symptoms:
- Your child is wetting the bed after the age of 7
- After a few dry nights your child again start to wet the bed.
- Bedwetting associated with painful urination, the child is always thirsty, red urine, hard stools, and snoring.
Following are some of the major causes of enuresis:
- The bladder of your child is not properly developed to hold the urine.
- The nerves are not completely developed and the child is unable to recognize the full bladder
- The child is unable to produce the required quantity of antidiuretic hormone that slows down the urine formation at night.
- Stressful events might also trigger enuresis
- Infection of the urinary tract can also cause bedwetting
- Bedwetting might also be the symptom of obstructive sleep apnea or diabetes in a child that is usually dry at night.
- In cases of chronic constipation the muscles that control urines and stools becomes dysfunctional and thus results in enuresis.
Nutritional supplements to aid enuresis
Normally a child naturally develops the nerves and the bladder control that cures enuresis but if the problem persists then the following nutritional supplements can help aid the bedwetting.
Free-form amino acid complex:
This supplement will help to strengthen the bladder muscles of the child.
Calcium and Magnesium:
Calcium and magnesium daily will help diminish the bladder spasm and thus will reduce the episodes of enuresis.
Daily intake of vitamin A will regulate the proper bladder muscle function.
Vitamin E and the cod liver oil took according to the direction will help to improve the function of the bladder.
Taking the zinc supplements will not only improve the immune system but also enhance the function of the bladder.
Studies and various experiments have proved that when the vitamin D level increases in the body it prevents from the enuresis.
This is one of the important nutrients that are required by the body for the maturation of the nervous system and thus proper intake of vitamin B12 can help eliminate bedwetting.
Some of the other nutrients are herbs are:
- Olive leaf
- Red clover
- Pantothenic acid
Holistic Lifestyle to help enuresis
A holistic lifestyle is a healthy way of living. Thus changing the habits of your child to the holistic lifestyle can improve the bedwetting and ensure dry nights. Therefore, here are some of the changes that you can introduce to your child's life:
Eating and drinking habits:
Provide your child with the healthy diet and enhance his water intake but also make sure that he takes the last meal at least 2 hours before going to bed. Take your child to the bathroom before going to bed so that the chances of bedwetting are decreased.
The bed alarms are the best change that you can introduce into the life of your child. These alarms are available in various styles but the common feature is that they have alarms and moisture sensors. Once the alarm detects the moisture, it will start buzzing to wake the child up to warn him to go to the bathroom. Studies have proven that it will take only 10 to 11 weeks for the child with bed alarms to gain complete dryness.
Rewards for dry nights:
Rewarding your child for spending a dry night will be the source of encouragement and the next night he will again try his best to not wet the bed because he knows that in the morning he will get what he wants. When the child has a dry night, just saying that you are a big boy or girl now, will be the best compliment that they can get to motivate the healthy habit of dryness.
Once your child has gone to sleep, make sure that you wake him up every 2 to 3 hours to go to the bathroom. This will not only help to keep the beds dry but the child will also develop the habit of going to the bathroom at night when needed.
Meditation and bladder training:
Make sure that your child is not stressed. Make sure that when you meditate your child sits with you and practices the exercise. This will calm their mind and nerves and thus they will mature properly to stop bed-wetting.
Also, make your child delay the urination during the day because that will make their bladder strong and thus they will be able to control the urination at night. Make them practice this exercise 2 to 3 times during the day to have effective results.