Your child’s bed wetting problems may be a sign of hidden food allergies. According to the Urologist Los Angeles community, s growing number of parents have learned that by simply avoiding their child’s trigger foods they can stop nightly bed wetting episodes. Goodnites® and other top brands of bed wetting undergarments could help the discomfort of your child’s bed wetting problems. But what if a simple change of diet eliminated the bed wetting altogether?
Bed wetting may stop with a simple change of diet
Bed wetting, or Nocturnal Enuresis, is a nuisance when parents are starting to potty train. But for many families the inconvenience of bed wetting stretches for many more years after their child has mastered potty training during the day. As bed wetting children age it becomes even more apparent to them that there is something wrong. Nobody likes being a bed-wetter. If you have tried other solutions for your child’s bed wetting and nothing has worked for you, food may be the cause of your child’s bed-wetting problems.
There is a shame that runs deep among those that grew up with plastic mattress covers and a second set of spare sheets already underneath them. Bed wetters are a secret society of members that hold on to their anonymity for life. As adults, former bed wetters remember sleep over parties and vacations that were always wrought with anxiety. A bed-wetter knows when they to go to sleep that more than likely they will awaken hours later wet and embarrassed, and it is completely out of their control. Or is it?
When there’s a Family History of Bed Wetting
Bed wetting is of utmost importance to me because I myself was a chronic bed-wetter as a child until I was over six years-old. In my case I had a congenital urinary condition that was corrected by surgery at six. Surprisingly, it did not immediately correct the nocturnal enuresis. That continued, with less frequency, until I was nearly nine years old. I can firmly remember wetting myself at a sleepover and having to ask my girlfriend’s mother to help me get fresh sheets. I was in the third grade. That was the last episode of bed wetting that I remember ever having.
Bed wetting was common in my family, and I was always reminded that older relatives had also suffered. Eventually I was told it would cease and it did.
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Our Personal Experiences with Food Allergies and Bed Wetting
Thirty years later, soon after my son was potty-trained, he began nightly bed-wetting episodes. To alleviate his distress we got into the habit of night-lifting him to urinate about three hours into his sleep. If we were late or forgot he would wet the bed. Then something surprising happened. Six months ago we put him on a gluten-free, corn-free, Feingold diet to help him recover from re-occurring illnesses. Within 24 hours of complete avoidance his nocturnal enuresis ceased. Was this a coincidence, I wondered? Since that time there have been a handful of occasions when my son has inadvertently eaten wheat or corn. He always wet the bed that same night, and then resumed normal sleeping and cessation of bed-wetting when he resumed a gluten-free corn-free diet.
There is scientific proof that bed wetting can be relieved by diet
“In a small minority of patients, nocturnal enuresis may be linked to dietary allergies that provoke bladder instability.”
Tietjen and Husmann explain that all the patients in the report stopped bed-wetting when they began food-restricted diets and the wetting re-occurred when the patients resumed regular diets. Tietjen and Husmann claim that
“Urodynamic studies performed while these patients were receiving general diets revealed the presence of either a 50% reduction in bladder capacity for age or uninhibited bladder contractions. In contrast, urodynamic studies performed while these patients were receiving a restricted diet demonstrated normal urodynamic factors.”
Does your child suffer from chronic bed wetting and the following problems?
- digestive problems
- protruding abdomen (bloated belly)
- skin rashes
- histamine reactions to food (stuffy, runny nose)
If you answered yes to two or more of these common symptoms of food allergies and intolerances, then food allergies may be a likely cause for your child’s bed wetting. Read an interview with Dr. Albert Mensah of Mensah Medical to learn more about children who wet the bed and emotional problems they may have. A good course of action for your bed-wetter may be to have a food allergy/intolerance test done. A diet without offending foods may do more than cure what ails your child. It just might set him or her on the right path toward good restful sleep and stress-free overnight trips with friends and family.