Soggy sheets and pyjamas, an embarrassed child, midnight laundry, and exhausted parents. Is this a familiar scene in your home? Between 5 and 7 million children wet their beds on a regular basis (that’s about 10% of children). Bed-wetting is involuntary urination while asleep after the age at which staying dry at night can be reasonably expected. Since most children should be fully potty trained by the time they are 5 years old, a child who wets the bed after 5 years of age should be a concern and is a sign that it is time to intervene.
You've probably heard of chiropractors, but you may associate them with adults who have back problems or spinal issues. But recent studies have shown that chiropractic, the fastest-growing and second-largest primary health care profession in North America, could help some children manage bedwetting, also known as nighttime wetting. It is important to find a chiropractor with a strong focus on paediatrics so they understand the specific needs of your child.
Results from a research study found that one quarter of the 171 children involved who received chiropractic adjustments had a 50% reduction of wet nights. 1 This shows promising results for parents and their children. With continued chiropractic care, the number of children reporting dry nights increased and the number of dry nights per child also increased.
Can Chiropractic Help Your Child?
NeuroStructural chiropractic might be the answer you have been searching for for your child.
Your child’s brain and spinal cord is the pathway that carries all information to and from the body. The nerves exiting the bottom of the spinal cord carry information to the muscles responsible for bladder function.
The bones of your child’s spine are there to protect the spinal nerves but what would happen if the spinal bones in this area shifted, resulting in pressure on the spinal nerves? These spinal nerves will not receive the proper information from the brain, potentially causing bladder control issues.
A specific and gentle adjustment from a paediatric chiropractor can realign the bones allowing the muscles of the bladder to function properly.
The length of time that a child would need to see a chiropractor varies on the per case and depends upon the presenting structure of their spine.
How can your child’s spine shift away from normal? There are many factors including physical trauma, such as a fall from a large height, being in a car accident, or trauma from a difficult birth. If you are concerned about the structure of your child’s spine and think it may be contributing to his or her bedwetting book a complementary consultation by calling 905-599-4804 or visiting www.foundationoakville.ca
1 leboeuf C, Brown P, Herman A, Leembruggen K, Walton D, Crisp TC. Chiropractic care of children with nocturnal enuresis: a protective outcome study. J Manipulative Physiol There 1991; 14:100-5.