Can Chiropractic Care Help With Bedwetting?

Can a few spinal adjustments help your child stay dry overnight? A study that was published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics followed 171 children who were treated with chiropractic care, and found that 25 percent of them had at least a 50 percent reduction in bedwetting after treatment.

Chiropractic care helps alleviate bedwetting by taking the stress off of nerves that control the urinary system, like the bladder. Restoring normal motion to the spine through manipulation enables the child’s nerves to function properly, perhaps for the first time in their life.

Let’s face it- bedwetting can be very embarrassing to a child. As a former soiler of mattresses, I can’t begin to tell you how many slumber parties I missed. Sometimes I’d have friends over, but the sound of my plastic sheets frequently alerted any overnight guests that something was afoot. If shame has a sound, it’s the rustling of plastic sheets in the night.

As a loving parent, you’ve probably tried all sorts of things to curtail your child’s nocturnal bathroom behavior. Some of the most popular ways include:

    • Waking your child up in the night to eliminate or denying liquids after a certain time.
    • Urinary bed alarms.
    • Hiding the problem with disposable underpants.
    • Medications.

While each of these methods has its own benefits, they all have drawbacks that are almost worse than wetting the bed. Setting an alarm and waking a child up to go to the bathroom affects everyone’s sleep, as do urinary bed alarms. Disposable underpants are a nice idea, but how does your child dispose of them when they’re spending the night at a friend’s house? The options are to either risk them being found in the trash can (which will definitely lead to teasing) or to wear a wet diaper until they get home. I’d rather be stuck with a rubber sheet, thank you very much. And medicating children is something that should always be considered as a last resort and for serious matters. Bedwetting, while upsetting now, isn’t likely to cause permanent harm to your child.

If your child is having trouble staying dry through the night and is over the age of five, there are a few things that you definitely need to do. The first is to contact your child’s pediatrician. Bedwetting can be the result of physical problems. The second is to talk to your child to find out if something’s wrong or if they’re feeling worried or scared. Often, children who are having emotional problems exhibit signs like wetting the bed. If neither of those steps work, it’s probably time to talk to your chiropractor. While they can’t fix every bedwetting problem, in some cases a few adjustments can do the trick.

 

Story credit: http://children.webmd.com/features/stop-bedwetting

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