bed wetting


A 10 year old boy presents for care at a chiropractic office. He does not have any back pain or "traditional" symptoms that would urge his parents to bring him to a chiropractor. In fact, this child has a condition known as enuresis or more commonly referred to as bed wetting. This condition has a huge impact on this child psychologically as he is too embarrassed to participate in any sleep overs with his friends for fear that he will have a bed wetting incident. 

This story is more common than you would think. For most, this condition spontaneously resolves as they develop more control over their bladder. However, nearly 5-7 million children in the United States have continued difficulty with bed wetting with a frequency of more than three times per week.

The standard approach to bedding wetting in the medical field is a prescription of desmopressin acetate (DDAVP). In one study this drug showed improvements by decreasing the number of incidences by 2.2 times per week. This drug is said to work rapidly and can be used for both short-term and long-term effects. However, there are a number of side effects seen while taking this medication including:

  • headache
  • nausea
  • stomach pain
  • diarrhea
  • tingling of face
  • loss of appetite
  • muscle weakness
  • weight gain
  • fatigue
  • increased aggressive behavior
  • dizziness
  • seizures
  • loss of consciousness.

In addition, this drug has a high relapse rate once medication is discontinued. 

More people are beginning to chose chiropractic as a first choice when it comes to chronic bed wetting. There are numerous research and case studies that show significant improvement and complete resolution of symptoms while following a consistent chiropractic care plan. Specific chiropractic care can remove neurological interference and restore proper bio-mechanics to the lumbar spine which has shown:

  • restoration of bladder control
  • resolution of bed wetting
  • decreased anxiety and nervousness
  • reduced medication and avoided surgeries
  • increased quantity and quality of sleep
  • decreased medical and household expenses
  • increased self confidence. 

People of all ages benefit from chiropractic care because it restores optimal function of the nervous system, allowing the body to health from the inside out, without drugs or surgeries. Help us create a healthier community by sharing this information with someone you know. 

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— B.J. Palmer



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