Is bedwetting normal?

By the age of 5 majority of children have developed a consistent pattern of urinary control. But, since babies and toddlers potty-train at different rates, bedwetting even up to the age of 7 is not usually a concern. Frequent episodes of bedwetting after this age range may be a sign of dysfunction.

Signs and Symptoms

  • your child still wets the bed after age 7

  • your child starts to wet the bed after a few months or more of being dry and night

  • consult a doctor if bedwetting is accompanied by painful urination, unusual thirst, hard stools or pink urine

The Medical Approach

Moisture Alarms: Small devices can be connected to a small pad in your child's pajamas. When the pad gets wet, the alarm goes off to alert the child to wake up and go to the bathroom 

Desmopressin: This drugs boosts levels of anti-diuretic hormone and forces the body to make less urine. A very serious problem with this method is that over-hydration without the ability to urinate can cause low sodium levels and seizures.

The Non-Medical Approach 

The non-medical approach to treating bedwetting includes the following:

  • limiting how much your child drinks in the evening 

  • avoiding foods with caffeine

  • encouraging double voiding before bed

The Chiropractic Approach 

Chiropractic adjustments to the sacrum and corresponding sacral nerves have been shown to decrease the frequency of bedwetting incidents. There are nerve centers in the brain, as well as in the sacrum, that control the muscles of the bladder used for proper urination. Adjusting these nerve centers is how chiropractic can help decrease frequency of wet mornings.