Bedwetting is troublesome for both the children in terms of frustration and embarrassment and parents in the form of increased efforts to change the bed and clothing. It is believed that as many as 10-15% of children struggling with bedwetting which is also twice as often as boys. There is also a strong familial increased compared incidence between parents and children, where 44% and 77% of children develop the same problems if respectively one or both parents had the same ailments. After 3 years it is expected that children sleep through the night without wetting, and rarely is diagnosed before 4 years of age when bladder control is fully developed.
Who to see for diagnosis?
Most parents seek natural medical specialists to find a relationship to the child’s symptoms. A number of underlying causes can include obstruction, neurological disorders, infections or diabetes, and should always be ruled out in advance of other treatments. Yet it is rare that one finds an underlying cause; and due to lack of knowledge has to date, no clear idea what causes bedwetting. Children can therefore go for years with these problems without help. This helps off course to increased frustration among parents who are left with many unanswered questions and limited measures to help their children.
Over time this will consequently affect the child’s self-esteem. Children refuse to participate in social gatherings for fear of losing bladder control while parents fear their child to be bullied should an accident occur or others learned about the issue.
Who can help my child?
As of today, many varying results of medical treatment. These include, among other anti diuretic medication, urine alarm, pelvic floor exercises with a physiotherapist and motivation from parents. Chiropractic still for a long time proved to be clinically effective for these symptoms. Unfortunately, there are few doctors and parents who know that chiropractic can help these children, and are less often recommended chiropractic tried from other health therapists. This is probably due to ignorance of the subject’s long expertise in this field. At present there are unfortunately few research studies in this field, and even if they get made, showing relatively good effect, they are often criticized for being too small. Some are calling for why larger studies that can verify the results that exist.
How can a chiropractor help?
It is very common to see quick results after chiropractic treatment and many are asymptomatic after a few treatments, while very many people experience improvement in their symptoms after 2-4 weeks. The chiropractor will initially conduct a thorough history with parents and children to try to identify possible causes. Furthermore, there will be a study conducted to determine function. In many cases we look at the musculoskeletal system located in the lower leg due to a trauma in the form of a fall on the buttocks, while in rare cases can be caused by issues in the upper neck. The reason that many children respond to just these areas is one unsure, just as one often does not find an underlying medical cause for your problem.
Chiropractic treatment is also a very gentle form of treatment and rarely will the child notice some discomfort with treatment in the form of joint correction. The treatment is not comparable to manual processing for adults. Side effects are few and often deals with mild transient local soreness and fatigue on the same day as receiving treatment. Chiropractors as primary contacts will in cases where there is secondary bedwetting due to psychological problems, such as bullying at school or internal family problems, often work with a psychologist and pediatrician.
What can you do as parents?
Parents also have an important role to help ensure that the child is weaned bedwetting. Motivation is still probably the most important factor, here you can follow one month diary where the child receives stars in the book for each dry night, and at the end of the month the child is rewarded with a gift one should fulfill the number of stars you have agreed. In addition, the child should resume routines and avoid stimulating activities for half an hour before bedtime. These include going to bed early, avoid food and drink consumption late in the evenings, television or video games. Parents can instead read favorite stories to their child before bedtime.
This should be done if bedwetting persists
• Seek medical help to dispel underlying disease cause
• Contact chiropractor for treatment
• Show understanding and care for the child as often scared and embarrassed in such cases
• Try one month diary with reward for dry nights