10 Effective Home Remedies for Bedwetting

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The home remedies for bedwetting include walnuts, raisins, a healthy diet, cranberry juice, bananas, parsley leaves, cinnamon bark, herbal tea, avoiding sweets, meat, chocolate, and preserved food items. You can also make some behavioral changes which can go a long way in curbing bedwetting like avoiding liquids at bedtime, training, and positive reinforcement.

Bedwetting, nighttime incontinence, or nocturnal enuresis is a habit-related disorder that refers to the involuntary passage of urine during sleep. It is usually seen in infants and school-aged children, but can also affect adults.

Bedwetting is seen more commonly in males than females, but at adolescence, this proportion is almost equal. With the progress in age, the figures invert and more females become enuretics than males. Generally, the problem resolves itself on its own but in some cases, we need to employ some home remedies and management techniques to help the children and young people suffering from this condition.

A young boy with bedwetting issues sleeping on a bed

Home Remedies for Bedwetting

The top home remedies that can effectively help in curbing bedwetting are as follows:

Walnuts & Raisins

It has been observed that eating a few walnuts and a few raisins before going to bed may prevent bedwetting.

Healthy Diet

A diet rich in leafy vegetables and fiber is considered to be better for bedwetting patients. Almonds, milk, and sesame, which are rich in magnesium, calcium, and silica can also be taken.

Cranberry Juice

Prior to sleeping, drinking some cranberry juice can prevent the passage of urine at night.

Bananas

These fruits are considered to bind to the stomach and have been used to prevent bedwetting at night. A banana taken at bedtime can reduce the urge to urinate.

Remedies for bedwetting or nocturnal enuresis - infographic

Parsley & Cinnamon Bark

Chewing a few leaves of parsley or a small piece of cinnamon bark are also preventive measures that are easy to follow.

Herbal Tea

A concoction made of horsetail, bearberry and oak bark is a well-known Ayurvedic practice that prevents the flow of urine while sleeping.

Avoid Sweets, Meat & Chocolates

It is advised not to consume sweets, meat, chocolate, and preserved food items that contain artificial additives.

Avoid Liquids

Liquids in any form should be avoided before going to bed, which otherwise increases the occurrence of urination.

Training

Kids are too small to be scolded for what they do unintentionally. Therefore, they must be taught in a constructive, healthy way as to how to retain their urine for a longer time. Training can be challenging, but it will be rewarding for both you and your little one.

Positive Reinforcement

Children may become embarrassed and ashamed of their condition. In such situations, parents play a major role in supporting the mental state of the children. They need to make them understand that enuresis is a natural phenomenon, not a mistake to be upset about. They should encourage the child to wake up in the middle of the night for micturition. Parents should also take care of the diet and drinking habits of the kids before sleeping.

Note: The most important parameter at this period of time is surely the patience with which parents treat their children. If harsh and rude attitudes are shown towards the child, he or she may never be able to come out of the problem, or it will at least be delayed considerably. They need constant training and must be treated with care. Once the child grows up, he will be able to overcome the habit of bedwetting with these simple home remedies, or perhaps the natural maturation process of the body.

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Meenakshi Nagdeve is a health and wellness enthusiast and started working on Organic Facts since 2012 and is currently responsible for managing it. She follows naturopathy and believes in healing with foods. She has completed the Nutrition And Healthy Living Cornell Certificate Program, Cornell University. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM Bangalore and B. Tech in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from IIT Bombay. Prior to this, she worked for a few years in IT and Financial services. In her free time, she loves to travel and taste different types of teas.

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