No matter when or how often it happens, bedwetting causes great distress and embarrassment. It is important to understand that occasional bedwetting is a normal happening in the growing up process, and that medical treatment is available for children who have it too often.
Though nocturnal enuresis (bedwetting) tends to work itself out over time (15 per cent a year do grow out of it), the modern consensus among physicians is that leaving chronic bedwetting untreated chips away at a child?s self-esteem and negatively affects social development.
What Causes Bedwetting?
Experts do not know what causes bedwetting. Most cases probably result from a mix of factors, including slower physical development, an overproduction of urine at night, a lack of ability to recognise bladder filling when asleep, and, in some cases, anxiety. For many, there is a strong family history of bedwetting, suggesting an inherited factor. Certain inherited genes appear to contribute to incontinence. Danish researchers have found a site on human chromosome 13 that is responsible, at least in part, for night-time wetting. If both parents were bedwetters, a child has an 80 per cent chance of being a bedwetter.
There are a variety of emotional reasons for bedwetting. For example, when a young child begins bedwetting after several months or years of dryness during the night, this may reflect new fears of insecurity. This may follow changes or events, which make the child feel insecure: moving to a new environment, losing a family member or loved one, or especially the arrival of a new baby or child in the home. Sometimes bedwetting occurs after a period of dryness because the child?s original toilet training was too stressful.
Parents should remember that children rarely wet on purpose, and usually feel ashamed of the incident. Rather than make the child feel ashamed, parents need to encourage him/her and show faith that he or she will soon be able to overcome this problem.
How does Homeopathy help in Bedwetting
Many homoeopathic medicines have been found to be beneficial. Kreosote (beechwood) is one of the most oftenly indicated in cases where bedwetting occurs in the first part of the sleep and the child finds it difficult to wake up from deep slumber. Causticum is useful when involuntary urination is worse in winter and better in summer. It is also for children who tend to wet their pants when they cough or sneeze or even laugh. Equisetum (scouring rush) is for children who wet their pants or their bed for no known reason other than out of habit. It should be considered when the person has no other obvious symptoms.
Cina is very beneficial in cases where along with the bedwetting problem child depicts symptoms of worm manifestations; irritation of the nose, causing constant desire to pick, or press into it, extreme ill humour, heightened irritability and most commonly gritting teeth during sleep. Avoid self-medication. Consult your homoeopath for an appropriate dosage and repetition