Can Chiropractic Help Kids with Bedwetting Issues?
What is Enuresis?
Did you know that thousands of children occasionally wake up to a wet bed? Is your child one of them? Bedwetting (or nocturnal enuresis) is defined as the involuntary loss of urine at night, in the absence of disease, at an age when a child could be expected to be dry. It can be a humiliating problem, affecting approximately 25% of children. The causes of enuresis are generally unknown. Some theories suggest that some kids are very deep sleepers, so they are unaware that their bladder is full. Other causes are thought to be emotional stress or a medical condition such as bladder infection. Conventional management of enuresis includes behavioral therapy, alarm therapy and drug therapy. There is a lack of evidence to support most of these approaches. Surprisingly, chiropractic care may help some children with this problem.
Why try Chiropractic?
Many research studies have shown that chiropractic care helps the brain become more accurately aware of what is going on inside your body and the world around you. Because some children with bedwetting respond well to chiropractic care, researchers think that chiropractic care helps the brain become more aware that the bladder is full.
Over recent years the safety of chiropractic care for children and infants has been investigated by many researchers. The results of their studies suggest that chiropractic care can be safely provided to even the youngest members of our society. We know that gently adjusting the spine changes the way the brain perceives what’s going on in the body. Improving spinal function may help the brain and central nervous system to ‘notice’ that the bladder is full and wake the child at night. Unfortunately, not a lot of research has been done yet in this area, but there are many individual cases published in the scientific literature suggesting that chiropractic care may help at least some children with their bedwetting. In 1994, a group of researchers performed a clinical trial including 46 children who frequently wet the bed at night. In this study, the researchers found that after 10 weeks the children receiving chiropractic care had on average almost two more dry nights over a two-week period. The kids who did NOT receive any chiropractic care had no change in the number of nights they wet the bed. When the researchers took a closer look at the results they found that 1 in 4 of the children who received chiropractic care had a 50% or more reduction in wet nights over the course of the trial. None of the control group had this type of improvement. This suggests that chiropractic care may well help at least some children with their bed-wetting. Remember that the chiropractor isn’t directly trying to treat the bedwetting. Instead, they’re trying to improve spinal function with the aim of improving your child’s brain’s ability to process what’s going on in their body, and for some kids, this seems to result in more dry nights and improved bladder control!