Affecting 1 in 5 Australian children, bedwetting isn't an uncommon problem. Nevertheless, it can be a source of unhappiness for children and parents alike. Many parents experience stress and worry about their child's bedwetting, while many children can experience low self-esteem, suffer disrupted sleep that affects grades, and miss out on rites of passage like sleepovers.
Your paediatrician may have recommended medication to solve your little one's persistent bedwetting problem, but your child might not need to suffer the potential side effects of pharmaceuticals. Thankfully, there's another potential treatment that's all natural: chiropractic.
If you're wondering how this natural treatment could help your child, here's all you need to know about chiropractic and bedwetting.
How Does Chiropractic Affect the Bladder?
Over the years, many potential causes of bedwetting have been proposed to parents. According to chiropractors, bedwetting occurs when a child's breathing reflexes aren't functioning optimally. The buildup of carbon dioxide as a child sleeps makes the smooth muscles in the body (like the bladder valve) relax, causing the child to wet the bed.
Chiropractic care aims to target this reflex by improving the function of the nerves that control it. This is done by correcting the subluxations (misalignments) of the child's spine, which often go unnoticed if they're not causing pain.
Is it Proven to Work?
Unfortunately, thorough clinical research on the relationship between chiropractic care and bedwetting is still few and far between. However, many scientific case studies have been released and the outlook is positive. Reports of a 4-year-old, an 8-year-old, and an 11-year-old all showed significant or full resolution of nocturnal enuresis, the scientific name for bedwetting.
What Happens During Chiropractic?
The first step to solving or improving your child's bedwetting problem with chiropractic care is to visit a children's chiropractor. Your first appointment will involve a consultation to determine your child's misalignments and how many sessions they will need to relieve these subluxations.
The actual chiropractic treatment involves strategic massage and manipulation of the spine to improve the nerves that control your child's bedwetting reflex. This is completely safe and does not come with the same risky side effects as other treatments like medication. In time, once sessions have begun, your child can expect to become gradually drier overnight. To speed up the process, you may also wish to combine chiropractic with other natural remedies like bedwetting alarms, reward charts, and toilet routines before bed.