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Bedwetting, also called nocturnal enuresis, is defined as persistent, involuntary urination while sleeping without any evidence of abnormality in the urinary system. A widely accepted view is that the child has failed to learn to awaken to the bladder pressure and volume before the bladder automatically empties. Keep in mind it is your nervous system that relays the information from the bladder to the brain. Although nocturnal enuresis is common during the first few years after toilet training, most children do outgrow bed-wetting. It generally becomes a problem when the child is 5 or older and has bladder control during the day but urinates in his/her bed at night.
Chiropractic and Bed-wetting
For many years parents have been telling
chiropractors that soon after their child spine was adjusted their
bed-wetting stopped. Chiropractors specifically remove interference
to the nervous system by reducing irritation from spinal
misalignments called subluxations. Interestingly, part of the nerve
supply to the bladder stems from nerves traveling through the
sacrum. As an adult the sacrum fuses into one bone, but as a child
it consists of 5 movable spinal segments, all which can subluxate or
misalign such as from a fall on the bottom. This can result in nerve
irritation and miscommunication between the bladder and brain.
- San Francisco Chronicles, March 5, 1992.
- Bachman TR, Lantz, CA, Management of a pediatric asthma and enuresis with probable traumatic etiology. Proceedings of the National Conference on Pediatrics and Chiropractic (ICA) 1991, pp.14-22.
- Reed, RR, et al. Chiropractic management of primary nocturnal enuresis. JMPT, 1994, 17(9), 596-600.