Natural Solution for Bed Wetting

bed-wetting

Our son who is almost 7 still struggles with wetting the bed. It is something that he hates and tries to control but it still happens more often than any of us would like. We do all the basic things to help him…no drinks for atleast 2 hours before bed, use the restroom right before he gets into bed, reduce the amount of food that triggers it. For example watermelon is a natural diuretic and can increase the amount of times he has to go to the bathroom, SIGNIFICANTLY! He absolutely LOVES watermelon. So on the days we have it, we make sure it’s earlier in the day and not before bedtime.

The National Sleep Foundation and the Children’s Hospital of Boston estimate that between 13-20% of 5-year-old children, 10% of 7-year-olds, and 5% of 10-year-old children still wet the bed. Between five and seven million children in the United States wet their beds on a regular basis, which accounts for 10% of the United States population of children. Source

If it didn’t seem to be genetically linked to my husbands side of the family (most of the boys have struggled with it) I would probably be concerned. He doesn’t have any signs of a UTI or bladder infection or anything else and I don’t want to make him more self-conscious by rushing him to the Dr.

Over the past week I have been doing some experimenting with him because it seems to be an almost nightly occurance recently. What am I doing differently? Right before he climbs into bed I have him rub one drop of doTERRA Cypress Essential Oil over his lower abdomen. He has not wet the bed once since we started doing this…even on the days where he’s had watermelon!! He is so grateful that he has stopped wetting the bed that he rarely forgets to ask for the Cypress before he goes to bed.

If this doesn’t work for your child (everyone is different) here are some other suggested protocols.

  • Life Long Vitality supplements (if the child is old enough for capsules)
  • Doing a cleanse with GX Assist and PB Assist
  • Cilantro, 7 drops in a capsule, 1 -2 per day
  • Balance, massage 2-4 drops on feet at bedtime.  Use as an opportunity for quality, loving, reinforcing time

Other helpful hints:

  • Lots of hugs and positive reafirmation during the day
  • A number suggest getting off of dairy products was the key
  • Keep the child warm at night
  • Rub diuretic oils (such as grapefruit) on the feet and ankles 2 -3 hours before bedtime

In any case remember to be positive and loving. :)

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Comments

  1. My son is almost 12 and still has this issue a few times a week. It is very discouraging to him. I have tried the cypress with no definite results. I will have to try some of the other suggestions you made. Thanks!

    Just an FYI, I am not worried about him health-wise. It does tend to run in families and his father and I both had issues w/it as children. I was 11′ish before I was finally able to quit w/the help of a good chiro. I just wish I could afford one for my son!

  2. Beth Altman says:

    I was at a wellness conference a couple of years ago and a pediatrician said that bed wetting is caused by allergies. So maybe you could use the oils that treat allergies and it would help.

    • That’s interesting Beth! I haven’t heard of that before.

      • Beth Altman says:

        Wheat/grain seems to be a culprit. I’d try removing grains and dairy and if the bedwetting stops, you could gradually add one back in to see if it’s one or both that cause the trouble. One of my sons struggled for years…would never go overnight to a friend’s house ….it was heartbreaking…and we tried so many things. I wish I had known this when he was young. I’ve shared the info with others though and more often than not, wheat and grains cause the trouble (Read Wheat Belly for more info on what wheat does to our bodies). I’d continue to use the oils to support the body. An older female friend told me she struggled with incontinence for years…removed wheat from the diet…and it’s completely gone. :)

  3. Abigail Doyle says:

    What did a the chiro do? I have one for my daughter and if that is something that would help I would do it.. She is only 4 but she still wets the bed I dont know what to do… I just keep thinking she may grow out of it but I don’t know :(

    • Abigail, I wouldn’t stress too much. Like the article says my son is almost 7. I’ve been using Cypress for almost 2 weeks and he wakes up dry every morning.

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