Nocturnal enuresis, which is involuntary urination or bedwetting, is one of the most common problems that some children 7 years and below happen to suffer despite being trained to go to the washroom. Fortunately, you have homeopathy to treat this condition naturally. Homeopathic medicines can help develop alertness to the signals and respond appropriately whenever the bladder is filled with urine. The best homeopathic doctor can diagnose, identify, and treat the root cause of the disease effectively and safely with no side effects.
Most of the children stop experiencing the symptoms of involuntary urination by the age of 3-5 years. Bed-wetting is considered to be a serious problem when the child exceeds 7 years of age and continues to experience bedwetting for more than two to three times a week for at least three months in a row.
However, bedwetting is not a serious illness. It can cause stress to the child & parents. Children who face this problem of involuntary urination may face embarrassment and may feel ashamed. They might stay reluctant in socializing or avoid participating in social activities with their peer group & friends. They avoid gatherings, such as sleepovers, slumber parties, or camping outstations, because they remain constantly worried about the occurrence of an episode of bedwetting when they are away from their home.
Types of Nocturnal Enuresis: There prevail two types of nocturnal enuresis, namely primary nocturnal enuresis & secondary nocturnal enuresis. Let’s have a look at them.
- Primary Nocturnal Enuresis: It is a condition in which the child has never been dry throughout the night for six months in a row or longer.
- Secondary Nocturnal Enuresis: It is a condition wherein the child was not facing the problem of bedwetting for 6 months. Secondary enuresis is more likely to result due to a medical condition of the child’s psychological health.
How Common is Nocturnal Enuresis?
About 5% of children in the United States wet their beds. It happens more often amongst younger children. About 30% of children aged 7 and under suffer from it, and about 5% of 10-year-old children experience it. About 2-3% of people over 18 years of age experience primary nocturnal enuresis.
Causes of Bedwetting:
There are a few psychological causes that can affect the child’s emotional level. There are certain factors, such as the disturbing environment in the house, fights between parents, amusing sights or dreams, and being frightened after a bad dream at night, that affect the psychological health of the child, thereby making him/her prone to nocturnal enuresis.
Family History: Children having a history of parents who were suffering from the same problem during their childhood are at risk of developing the bed-wetting condition.
Constipation: Unsatisfactory stool passage or extra stools can lead to pressure on the nerves of the urinary bladder and can lead to interference in the nerve signals to the brain. This can induce bedwetting.
Hormones: A hormone called vasopressin limits the volume of urine that the body produces during the night. Vasopressin works by making the bloodstream re-absorb the water, so a smaller volume of urine enters the bladder. Children who do not produce enough vasopressin are more likely to wet the bed.
Small functional bladder capacity: Children with small functional bladder capacity have normal-sized bladder, but they sense that their bladders are full even when the bladder can still hold more urine and they tend to wet the bed at night. These children happen to experience more urge to pass the urine in the daytime and may have a sudden urge to pass the urine at night.
Failure to awaken during the urge at night: Often, whenever the bladder becomes filled with urine it sends a signal to the brain to pass the urine. However, children may not have learned to respond well to these signals. That’s the reason why most of these episodes occur at night while the child is asleep.
Emotional or psychological stress: As compared to adults, children may be unable to build the coping mechanism to deal with the stress. Emotional stress may affect the child’s daily routine. For instance, moving to a new home, the death of a loved one, worry or anxiety about some exams in their school or kindergarten can cause stress and lead to nocturnal enuresis.
Sexual abuse: In a few cases, children, who have learned to stay dry during the night time, may fall into this criterion and might begin bedwetting if they have been a victim of sexual abuse. Signs of sexual abuse include frequent urinary tract infections, vaginal pain, itching, and abnormal discharge.
Medical conditions: A few medical conditions such as juvenile diabetes, sickle cell anemia, sleep apnea, or kidney or bladder dysfunctions can be the cause of nocturnal enuresis in kids. If the child happens to be dry for six months together and all of a sudden starts experiencing bedwetting or nocturnal enuresis, there might be a medical condition that might cause this.
How Can Homeopathy Help Your Child in Treating Nocturnal Enuresis?
Homeopathic medicines are selected by the doctors according to a few key pointers:
– Keeping the child’s history and background in mind.
– Understanding the type of constitution or personality of the child.
– Genetic patterns such as the family history of bed-wetting if present.
– Best homeopathic medicines are selected based on the totality of symptoms.
– Based on the case taking, homeopathic medicines are selected that are best suitable to the patient.
– Best homeopathic medicines are given to the patients to regulate their response to such signals as mentioned above. There are homeopathic medicines that help children get rid of nocturnal enuresis.
Homeopathy works wonders in treating the patients of nocturnal enuresis and can help your child prevent bed-wetting. Thus, homeopathy is a blessing for the parents having children suffering from nocturnal enuresis.
Help your child overcome the problem of bed-wetting gently and naturally and help them sleep a stress-free night.
Don’t delay, opt for homeopathy, and relieve your child of bed-wetting.
– Written by Dr. Anjali Singh, Associate doctor to Dr. Rajesh Shah, M.D.