Young children who are toilet trained during the daytime, occasionally have a hard time with bed-wetting. This can be a confusing, and shameful feeling for the child who is fine during the day, but ends up with wet PJs and sheets in the middle of the night. Bed-wetting (aka primary nocturnal enuresis) is something that chiropractic care is capable of treating.
Bed-Wetting Is More Common than You Think
Bed-wetting is a common condition in children who have normal urinary control during the day. From the ages of 5-10, as many as nine percent of children suffer from bed-wetting. As the age goes up to 10 years old, five percent of children still have occasional bed-wetting. It doesn’t just end with children though. Up to two percent of teens still suffer from bed-wetting. For those of you who had no idea that bed-wetting was so common, those numbers might come as a shock for you.
Before any chiropractic treatment begins, it’s important to know about other potential medical causes of incontinence. This is important because your doctor at Ribley Family Chiropractic must be able to rule out other causes such as urinary tract infection, sleep apnea, and diabetes.
The first line of defense against bed-wetting is generally a special bed-wetting alarm. When those do not work, or work well enough, drugs are often prescribed. However, at Ribley Family Chiropractic, we would strongly advise that drugs prescribed for bed-wetting are avoided due to the danger of alarming side effects. Drugs commonly prescribed include: oxybutynin (commonly used to treat Parkinson’s disease), desmopressin (meant to reduce urine production), and some tricycle antidepressant drugs.
Rather than treat bed-wetting with medication, chiropractic care is an attractive and effective alternative. A multitude of studies confirm that chiropractic can be effective in significantly reducing, or even ending, bed-wetting. Chiropractic adjustments to the lumbar spine and pelvis have been linked specifically in many case studies as the areas in need of attention. We even have testimonials of our own that link chiropractic to significantly lowering or completely resolving bed-wetting issues.
Your chiropractor should make a thorough analysis of your child and his or her medical history before treatment. When looking for a chiropractor for bed-wetting treatment, you can use our “New Patient: Your First Visit” page as a guide.