Nocturnal Enuresis also known as bedwetting is involuntary urination while asleep after the age at which bladder control is anticipated. Children who wet the bed do not do it knowingly. When a child has a problem with bed-wetting past the age of five years, then parents should be concerned. Bedwetting can become a cause of embarrassment for both children and their parents. This situation can possibly tarnish the self-confidence of the child developing a strong fear of being ridiculed by peers. Bedwetting can be absolutely cured with homeopathic treatment and strong support from parents.
TYPES of Bedwetting :
• Primary: when a child has never developed nighttime bladder control. • Secondary: when a child has accidental wetting after having had bladder control for six or more months.
CAUSES of Bedwetting :
• Hereditary • Difficulty waking up from sleep • Delayed development of the central nervous system affects the ability to recognize a full bladder • A small bladder • Some kids produce more urine at night if their anti-diuretic hormonal levels are low. • Infection in the bladder or kidneys • Defect in the urethral valves in boys or in the ureter in girls or boys. • Deformity or injury of the spinal cord • Stress from new fears or insecurities such as arrival of a new baby, a new school, sleeping away from home, moving into a new home, losing a family member, parents divorce, stressful toilet training, sexual abuse, being bullied or teased, being punished, feeling rejected, parental alcoholism, nightmares • Sleep apnea • Type 1 Diabetes • Chronic constipation - full bowels can put pressure on the bladder • Caffeine intake like soda, coffee, and chocolate • Certain food allergies • Children with Down Syndrome, ADHD, handicap and mentally retarded • Improper toilet training
SYMPTOMS of Bedwetting :
• Feeling of guilt and embarrassment. • Low self-esteem. • Rashes on the bottom and genital area.
How does HOMEOPATHY help in Bedwetting :
Many homoeopathic medicines have been found to be beneficial. Kreosote (beechwood) is one of the most oftenly indicated in cases where bedwetting occurs in the first part of the sleep and the child finds it difficult to wake up from deep slumber. Causticum is useful when involuntary urination is worse in winter and better in summer. It is also for children who tend to wet their pants when they cough or sneeze or even laugh. Equisetum (scouring rush) is for children who wet their pants or their bed for no known reason other than out of habit. It should be considered when the person has no other obvious symptoms.
Cina is very beneficial in cases where along with the bedwetting problem child depicts symptoms of worm manifestations; irritation of the nose, causing constant desire to pick, or press into it, extreme ill humour, heightened irritability and most commonly gritting teeth during sleep. Avoid self-medication. Consult your homoeopath for an appropriate dosage and repetition