Home Remedies for Bedwetting

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Bedwetting is a very common problem among infants and small children. It is a process of unknowingly passing urine while sleeping. Though frustrating, bedwetting up to six years of age is not unusual.

Children do not do this purpose or out of laziness. It often occurs because of a small bladder, delayed bladder maturation, excessive urine production, urinary tract infection, stress, chronic constipation, or a hormone imbalance.

Some children are deep sleepers and their brain does not get the signal that their bladder is full. Also, in a majority of cases, bedwetting is an inherited problem.

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Children often outgrow bedwetting as they age, but it can be embarrassing and cause your child to shy away from social activities such as slumber parties.

You can help your child stop wetting the bed with some easy and simple natural remedies.

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Here are the top 10 home remedies for bedwetting.

1. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is one of the simplest home remedies for your child to stop bedwetting. It is believed that this spice keeps the body warm.

  • Have your child chew a piece of cinnamon stick thoroughly once a day.
  • You can also combine sugar and cinnamon powder and then sprinkle it on buttered toast. Give this toast to your child for breakfast.

2. Indian Gooseberry

Indian gooseberry, also known as amla, is an excellent Ayurvedic remedy for bedwetting.

bed wetting home remedy using Indian gooseberry

  • Crush and deseed two Indian gooseberries. Add one tablespoon of honey and a pinch of turmeric. Give one tablespoon of this mixture to your child every morning.
  • Another option is to give your child one teaspoon of the pulp of Indian gooseberry mixed with a pinch of black pepper powder.

3. Massage

For an easy treatment to cure bedwetting, you can use olive oil. Simply heat some olive oil and when it is comfortably warm, rub it over your child’s lower abdomen and then massage the area gently for several minutes. Follow this remedy daily until you are satisfied with the results.

4. Cranberry Juice

Cranberry juice is good for the bladder and urinary tract. It is highly recommended for children with bedwetting problems.

Although most liquids should be avoided soon before bed, you can give your child a cup of fresh cranberry juice one hour before going to bed. Repeat this process daily for at least a few weeks.

If bedwetting is due to urinary infection, give your child one-half cup of cranberry juice three times a day.

5. Walnuts and Raisins

Walnuts and raisins can also be used to reduce the frequency of bedwetting. Many children will enjoy this as a tasty snack.

  1. Give your child two walnuts and five raisins before going to bed.
  2. Repeat this remedy for at least a few weeks or until you see positive results.

6. Bladder Exercises

Bladder exercises help stretch the muscle that controls the release of urine from the bladder and increase bladder capacity. Muscle-strengthening and bladder-stretching exercises are considered good for bladder control.

  • Have your child do a muscle-strengthening exercise involving tightening of the pelvic muscles, holding the position for 5 to 10 seconds, and then resting for five seconds. This exercise has to be repeated 10 times, thrice daily.
  • Encourage your child to hold off going to the bathroom for some time when the urge to urinate begins. This method may be more beneficial for accidental daytime wetting than night time but can help reduce the frequency of bedwetting episodes. It usually trains the bladder to hold an increased amount of urine without triggering the urge to urinate, thus helping children to hold their urine for two to three minutes more, each day.

Note: Holding in urine for long may not be a good idea as the bladder can become a breeding ground for bacteria.




  1. Shaquita Johnson April 16, 2013, 1:34 am

    I’ve been trying to stop my son from bedwetting for years to the point where I stopped him from spending a night with friends because it was so embarrasing to me especially expensive buying laundry detergent to keep the smell down.It didn’t matter if I cut the drinking time a hour short before bedtime or not nothing worked seemingly,but I am open to these newer ideas posted…Thank you

    • A cup of white vinegar added to your wash load will help eliminate the smell of urine. I use that with Arm and Hammer Detergent (which is really cheap). My seven year old has diurnal and nocturnal enuresis.

    • Borax is cheap and helps with the odor too. You can even sprinkle it on the mattress, and vacuum before you make the bed. Or also for the mattress you can use medicated powder, sprinkle it on the bed the vacuum off before you make the bed.

  2. Its really comforting to find some solutions for a problem,thnks a lot for the help.

  3. I think you should wake him several times during the night sleep n make him pee, or you can promise him something he likes most if he stops n you’l keep to your promise, there’s a burning sensation before we pee so he’l wake up only too lazy to stand and go to toilet, so try these…

    • Courtney Gugin March 5, 2015, 11:39 am

      Bed wetting is not a choice for most children! Commenting to offer a prize will only lead to self stress on trying to control a problem our of his or her control. And waking several times during the night will lead to disrupted asleep which is very unhealthy.

  4. I have a 3 year old grandson that he wets the bed, I noticed it when he would come over for the weekend. I started putting a pull up on him at night and would take it off in the morning. I will tell his mom about the home made remedies I have just learned about and she and I can try those. Thanks,

  5. Thanks for the advices will try some of them cause I am realy troubled by this challenge

  6. I have my soon to be 5yr old great-nephew visiting with me from another state. I asked his mother about bedwetting and she said he sometimes does and she stated she did not want him to become dependent on Pull ups. Long story short, I had to buy pull ups. No matter what I do, he wets every night. I found out when he is with his father, he does not wet the bed. I assume this is out of fear because he is physically punished, which I do not agree. I informed his mother of taking him to a doctor when he returns home for fear he may have bladder issues from hard spankings. This may be far fetched, but I am losing my patience. How do you send your child to someone’s home knowing they wet the bed? I am using this forum partly to vent, because this child is being punished for what I believe is not his fault. It is the fault of parents who do not have a clue.

    • Courtney Gugin March 5, 2015, 11:41 am

      The child is not wetting or not wetting the bed or of fear, it is a medical condition hopefully he will outgrow. Be patient and try to not embarrass the child for heaven’s sake! I am sure you don’t have any issues that you are embarrassed about….

    • Hello all, I’d like to offer some advice from someone who has had a bedwetter for the last 9 years. The very first thing is not to make it a stressful situation. My son is 9, and he still wears a pull-up. His father wore them until he was 12. I believe it is hereditary. I was suggested to go to some training program that set off an alarm as soon as a drop of pee reached the bed. That was awful and after a couple of sleepless nights, I quit the program. I realised that my son did not do it on purpose. He wants more than anything to be able to control it. What I noticed was a link between his emotions, deep sleep and bed wetting. He’s a sensitive boy and easily gets emotionally overwhelmed. He has the tendency to worry about things and this can turn into anxiety. In Chinese Medicine, the Kidneys relate to the emotion of fear. I believe that the more my son is able to be in “control” of his emotions, so he will with his bedwetting at night. Throughout the 9 years, we have never made the bed wetting a big issue. If it wasn’t common, the shops wouldn’t stock pull-ups- there’s obviously many children with this issue, only its not spoken about. I’m interested in herbal remedies, because they can also help the emotional side to the issue.

      • Fantastic advice, I fully agree, both of my boys were bed wetters, my oldest until he was 8, my youngest still wetting the bed at 9, my little one, a girl, at 4 is still in a night nappy with no want to have it removed I did try a few nights but this only distressed her.
        No worries, no hurry!!

  7. NICHOLE MITCHELL September 3, 2013, 4:31 pm

    I had the same problem myself up to 14 yrs old..received plenty whoopings even mom placed home made diaper on me took photo threatened to put pic in my class.. I guess she thought i would stop out of embrassment.Ibelieve fear was a factor.be ing i would always have dreams of me being awaken from my sleep And molested by my uncle…Only to find out at age 22 shortly after his funeral that the dreams were reality.. As this has effected my life to this very day at age of 33… Parents PLZ TRYTO FIGURE THE CAUSE INSTEAD OF PHYSICALLY CHASTASING THESE POOR KIDS…

    • That’s horrible what your mother did….the shame you must have felt. Your bedwetting was the result of what your Uncle did to you. My heart goes out to you. I hope that you are doing ok and getting whatever help you need to know that none of that was your fault.

    • I am praying for you!

  8. My litle girl she’s 13 years old and I am having a serious problem facing this bed wetting sickness and I don’t real know what to do right now.
    This started to worry me a lot coz she was choosen to represent her school very far away where she’s gonna spend a week between other school kids.this makes me feel that she might do it where she is even though I try my best to call her every two hours to help her wake up. Pls help what must I do to help her fight This problem before she gets embarrasment from other pupils.can’t sleep right now coz I have to make an other call for her.worried

  9. my son aged 10 years he daily doing bedwetting what should i do

  10. Have him pee before bed time.

  11. First I will apply this tips than i will tell anything.

  12. My son is a teenager and he still has a problem. We are trying apple cider vinegar. It has help a great deal with restless leg syndrome.

  13. Leg sydrome is a need for vitamins go buy magnesium. ..take mag every day

  14. Please forgive me as I know this is a home remedy site. That I love & use often. But I hope to help some. I have taken my 6 yr. old son to a physiatrist who prescribed him desmopressin 2mg. which stopped his bed wetting within 2 days of use. It works for most w/ immediate results. Your child’s pediatrician can also prescribe. I myself had this issue as a child & can tell you first hand it is not from being lazy, when you are sleeping you are not aware or have control. It’s not the parents knor the child’s fault. It’s a common human problem & no one should make anyone feel bad & make matters worse. Good luck to all of you.

    • Bedwetting is definitely not from being too lazy to get up. I had this problem myself as a child and I was thirteen when it stopped. However, now I’m having that problem with my teenage son. I dare not humiliate him bc I know what he’s going thru and I know that it’s hereditary. I feel bad for him bc he’s never been able to spend the night with friends and his brother gets to and sometimes when we sleepover at my moms and he wets the bed my mom instantly thinks he’s just too lazy to get up, but my thought is who wants to intentionally pee on themselves. No it’s not laziness he just don’t feel it plain as that and it’s gonna keep happening until he grows out of it. Yes I get him up thru the night to try and avoid it, but sometimes it’s too late. It bothers me sometimes, but I know his struggle so I will not give him a hard time. So I pray strength for the parents as well as the children while they’re goin thru this difficult time in their little lives.

  15. I have a 18 year old son that still wets the bed. We tried everything: no drink after a certain time, waking him up at night, underwear that rings when it get’s wet, desmopressin pills, went to different doctors who could not find anything wrong with him, went to a psychiatrist and he said he’ll grow out of it, it is a side effect of his ADD. Put him on meds for that (these suppose to help with the bed wetting too)…did not do anything. It’s terrible because he wants to spend the night with friends. My Mom said she has seen something on TV about a young adult having the same problem and he took cranberry & pumpkin seed pills. I may try that

    • Try seeing a herbalist, discuss the issues prior to making the appointment, as they are expensive, but well worth a try.
      Good luck.

  16. My daughter did it up to 13 years in a primary boarding school. She proceeded to high school and stopped on her first night in school. She joked, ‘Mummy I distributed it to my neighbours in the dorm, two of them have started it on first day in high school.

    My second daughter is 8 bedwets, must regularly take fluids because of sickle cell, I am distraught. She gets embarrased alot, but no solution in sight as far as complication is concerned. How safe are mineral balancing with apple cider vinegar?

  17. I have the problem with my 8 yrs old daughter for bedwetting at night,Thank you for the home remedies, i will try this first for one month and then will share my experience here.

  18. Hi my son whoespecially 4 is facing a problem of bedwetting…..thanx for ur remedies……I read ur all articles n like to gain more n more knowledge about it…. deserves simple things which v get in our daily life r so useful n safe without side effects.

  19. Thanks for all the great ideas but prayer won’t hurt. Go in the room before the child goes to bed and pray with them about their bed wetting issue. It will give comfort and support as well as letting them know u not in this alone, we gone beat this with God’s help. It will get better parents stay strong and be encouraged! Love your kids no matter what and be there through it all.


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