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Bedwetting

By Janet Marshall

Advanced Diploma Naturopathy. Diploma Nutrition.

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Bedwetting (nocturnal enuresis) is common in young children. According to The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, nearly one in three children wet the bed at age four. This falls to one in ten children by age six, and one in twenty by age ten. Some children become dry at night and then start wetting the bed again (regression). Bedwetting seems to run in families. It is also more common in children who sleep deeply. There are possible medical causes for bedwetting that should be ruled out by a medical professional. If you are concerned about your child’s bedwetting, especially if he/she is over age six, see your GP. Watch this video for more background.

Remedies

Aromatherapy

Use aromatherapy for creating a calming environment. A sache of Chamomile leaves, Lemon balm or Lavender can be placed in a stuffed toy or in the child’s pillow light.

Melotonin

Ensure the room is as dark as possible as this encourages the production of melotonin, the brain's sleep hormone. If the child is frightened of the dar, use a night light.

Magnesium

Magnesium 250mg for children aged 2-12 30 minutes before bed has a relaxing effect.

Diet

In the evening include: bananas, turkey, dates, figs, milk, wholegrain crackers or yogurt as these food increase tryptophan which promotes sleep.

Reviewed by Janet Marshall 25 February 2015 references
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    16.06.2016

This document has been developed and peer reviewed by a KIDS HEALTH Advisory Board Representative and is based on expert opinion and the available published literature at the time of review. Information contained in this document is not intended to replace medical advice and any questions regarding a medical diagnosis or treatment should be directed to a medical practitioner.

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