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Bedwetting: How Chiropractic Care Can Help

Bedwetting, or more formally nocturnal enuresis, in childhood years can be difficult on everyone involved. Kids find it extremely embarrassing and parents can find it extremely frustrating. It can wear mentally and emotionally on the kids. Parents can find themselves very much limited and exhausted with the extra workload of nightly sleep interruptions, more laundry, and restrictions on the ability to allow kids to go to sleepovers, etc. Many parents have tried to tackle this issue with various products and medications and have found little lasting success. Some parents have then turned to chiropractic adjustments to see if they can help and the results are much better. So, what causes nighttime bedwetting and how can chiropractic help?

Causes of Bedwetting

While bedwetting can be a symptom of an underlying disease, a large majority of children who wet the bed have no underlying disease that explains their bedwetting. That does not mean that the child who wets the bed can control it or is doing it on purpose. They can have poor daytime toilet habits. Many children habitually ignore the urge to urinate and put off urinating as long as they possibly can. Parents usually are familiar with the leg crossing, face straining, squirming, squatting, and groin holding that children use to hold back urine. Sometimes the child is not yet able to hold their urine for an entire night and do not wake up when their bladder is full. It could also be an issue with their phrenic nerve and phrenic reflex. This is where chiropractic care can help.

Chiropractic Care and Bedwetting

The human urinary tract system responds to signals sent from nerves routed through the spinal column. When the spinal column becomes pinched in the vertebrae of the spine, this can result in signal misfire or a lack of communication between the brain and bladder. Using traditional chiropractic techniques like spinal adjustment, chiropractors can help your child regain control over nighttime bladder function and reduce or eliminate instances of bedwetting.

If you’d like to learn about how chiropractic care can help your child with bedwetting or other issues, please contact us for a consultation.

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