Bed wetting is problematic for you and your child. The costs can accumulate with both diapers or washing sheets every day or both. You wonder why your child doesn’t wake up when his bladder is full. Limiting water at night can help, but sending your child to bed thirsty isn’t very nice either. So what’s going on?
There are two common causes for bed wetting that most parents are simply unaware of. The first one we will discuss is a sugar problem. Simply having too much sugar in a child’s diet can cause bed wetting. Sugar numbs the nerves sending signals from the bladder to the brain. Your child simply does not get the message that his bladder is full. You can easily test this by cutting out sugar for a day or two and see what happens.
Common culprits are ice cream, soda pop, cereal, ketchup, candy, etc. Avoid these sugary foods and observe what happens. Pay attention to what your child had the night before he wets the bed.
Another thing to realize is the quantity of sugary foods. Parents will often think nothing of giving their 40 pound child an entire can of soda. But to a 120 pound woman, that would be the equivalent of chugging three cans of soda. How would you feel with three cans of soda in you? The same analogy can be made for ice cream. Kids get mad if you have more then they do, but realistically they should be getting a third to half as much as you anyway because of the weight/size difference.
The detrimental effects of sugar have been on the news a lot lately. We get way too much of it, and it’s in everything. It’s in canned foods, all of our snacks and most of our drinks. We just can’t stop. The problem is it tastes so good. Too bad it isn’t good for us.
Back to bed wetting. Just eliminate sugar for a few days and see what happens. Explain to your child that this might make the bed wetting stop. They’ll be motivated to try it, because the child is often embarrassed by the problem and wants it gone just as much as you do.
Another interesting point is that children that bed wet are also more prone to allergies. How can I predict this with any degree of certainty?
Allergies are often due a lack of an enzyme called Amylase. Amylase helps your body break down starches into usable sugars that our body can use for energy. However, if you eat a lot of sugary foods and starchy foods, like bread and pasta, then you’re already deficient in Amylase enzymes.
What’s also extremely interesting is Amylase is the enzyme that breaks down histamines. Histamines are responsible for all the dreaded symptoms of allergies. They make your nose run, eyes itch and cause fatigue. With deficiencies in Amylase, and therefore the build up of histamines, you can have allergies. Most people then reach for the anti-histamine products to block histamine production, which works well, but doesn’t handle the underlying problem of Amylase deficiency.
How do you get more Amylase? Through supplementation and decreasing or eliminating the cause of the Amylase deficiency…Too much sugar.
The second common reason for bed wetting can come from pinched or stretched nerves in the spinal cord. This can be treated with chiropractic manipulation to take the pinch or stretch off the nerves and restore normal function. We offer this type of service in our clinic for children, so if cutting out sugar doesn’t work, don’t give up hope. It could be this problem that needs correcting instead of excess sugar. But the same concept applies…Basically the nerve impulses aren’t getting to the brain to cause your child to wake up to go to the bathroom.
If you have further questions about this topic or are interested in learning more about enzymes and what they can do for you in addition to helping with bed wetting, please contact our office.
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