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.
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.
Here are the top 10 home remedies for bedwetting.
(Out of the 10, we have covered 3 highly effective home remedies in this video as well.)
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.
- 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.
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.
- Give your child two walnuts and five raisins before going to bed.
- 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.
Another popular home remedy for bedwetting is honey. Many children like the sweet taste of honey, making this an easy remedy to try.
- Simply give your child one teaspoon of raw honey before bed.
- You can also give your child a spoonful of raw honey mixed in milk for breakfast.
8. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar helps balance the body’s pH and reduce acid levels which may be contributing to the problem. It will also aids detoxification and treat constipation.
- Stir two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water.
- Optionally, add a little raw honey.
- Have your child drink it with each meal.
9. Mustard Seeds
One good remedy for the problem of bedwetting is mustard seeds. Mustard seeds can be of great help to those suffering from urinary tract infections.
- Stir one-half teaspoon of dry mustard seed powder in a cup of warm milk.
- Give this drink to your child at night one hour before going to bed.
Jaggery has a heating effect on the body. When the body remains warm from inside, the problem of bedwetting vanishes soon.
- Each morning give your child a small piece of jaggery along with a cup of warm milk.
- After one hour, give your child roasted celery seeds and roasted sesame seeds in equal amounts with a pinch of rock salt.
- Repeat this daily for about two months.
- Anxiety and stress tend to make bedwetting worse. So, instead of blaming or punishing your child, treat your child with love and support to relieve their embarrassment.
- Encourage your child to empty the bladder just before going to the bed.
- Install night-lights and make sure that your child has easy access to the bathroom at night.
- Offer simple reinforcements or rewards when there are dry night.
- Encourage your child to drink more fluids during morning and afternoon but limit fluid intake in the evening.
- Avoid caffeinated beverages, even hot chocolate, as caffeine stimulates the bladder.
- Treat constipation. Urine control and stool elimination use the same muscles. With chronic constipation, these muscles become dysfunctional and contribute to bedwetting.
- Use waterproof sheets to protect the mattress.
- You can also use a bedwetting alarm.
Bedwetting is not a problem that can be solved in a day or two. Be patient and allow these remedies time to work.