Bedwetting can arise due to numerous reasons- neurological weakness is the most prominent among them. In children, bladder control comes late sometimes-almost after 6 years. However, certain underlying health issues could also give rise to bed wetting such as physiological abnormality, kidney disease, urinary or bladder infections as well as major psychological issues.There are many herbs for bedwetting and the best ones are known to have nervine and diuretic properties which help alleviate the root cause of the condition. Here are the natural herbal remedies to treat bed wetting in kids and adults:
1. Sweet Sumac
This Native American remedy is the best herbal remedy for bed wetting. Sweet sumac is also called Rhus Aromatica. You can give the tincture obtained from the bark of this herb to the child, a few hours before bed time. In severe cases, the dosage of this herb for bedwetting may be increased to 5-10 drops per cup of water taken three times a day.
2. Cinnamon bark
Chewing on cinnamon bark is another popular and effective folk remedy to treat bedwetting.
3. Bladder strengthening herbs
The following list of bladder strengthening herbs can help prevent bed wetting:
- Uva Ursi
- Corn silk
- Oak bark
- Bay berry
To use: Combine equal parts of corn silk, oak straw and horsetail. To make a pre-bed-time tea, use 1-1/2 tbsp of the mixture with 1-1/2 cups water. Steep the mixture for 15 minutes. Children and adults may drink 2-3 cups of it every day to prevent bedwetting.
4. St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)
St. John’s wort is a fantastic tonic which acts upon the nerves to soothe them. It is a popular herbal remedy for bed wetting or enuresis. St. John’s Wort flower essence is readily available in health food stores. Take 4 drops internally 2-3 times a day. You can also apply St. John’s Shield to the uro-genital area before bedtime.
Also make a ‘dry-bed’ tincture with the following ingredients: Combine equal parts of tinctures of St. John’s Wort with plantain leaves, corn silk and oat berries. For a 50 lb child, give 15 drops of it three times a day.
5. Essential oils for bed wetting
Several essential oils can be effectively used to stop bedwetting. Cypress is an important remedy which has ‘restringent’ properties that restrain the flow of urine during sleep. To use this herbal bed wetting remedy: mix 5 drops of cypress with 1 tsp of vegetable oil. Massage the child’s body with this blend before bedtime. Also add a few drops of the oil to the child’s bath water to soak in for 10 minutes.
6. Aloe Vera
A study [i]showed that drinking Aloe Vera juice not only prevented bed wetting in kids but also made children less irritable. Dosage: No more than ½ cup Aloe juice mixed with fruit juice taken 3-4 hours before bed.
7. Homeopathic remedies for bed wetting
Homeopathic remedies are given based on exact symptoms:
- Belladonna- for children sleeping very deeply and are hard to rouse
- Causticum-For restless children who do not go to sleep alone and when bed wetting occurs in the first half of sleep
- Sulphur or Pulsatilla- when bed wetting occurs when there is sickness
The homeopath will prescribe an exact remedy in either 6X or 6C potency. Sufferers must take the medicine for at least 10 days, 3 times a day.
8. Foods to eat and avoid for preventing bedwetting
- Eat plenty of celery as well as foods high in Magnesium. These include green leafy vegetables, beans, brown rice and whole grains.
- Feeding the child a teaspoon of honey prior to bed time can also help.
- Avoid dairy products as well as caffeinated and carbonated beverages and chocolates.
- You must also limit intake of foods high in dyes, colors, preservatives, artificial sweeteners etc.
- Do not limit fluids too much. Instead of the “no water after 8 pm rule” allow your child small sips of water else s/he might end up dreaming about water causing an episode of bed wetting.
9. Supplements for bedwetting prevention
Give the child a daily multi-vitamin/multi-mineral pill. Magnesium is an essential element to look for and you can give up to 200 mg daily. Also administer 100 International Units of Vitamin E and 15 mg beta carotene daily. Folate and vitamin B 12 deficiency could also be a cause of late-stage bed wetting in teenagers.
10. Other natural precautions
Here are some other precautions to take:
- Allergies can also lead to wet bed. Consider changing the bedding. Many kids are unable to breathe properly in feather or down beds.
- Sleeping on the side can relieve pressure of the bladder.
- You can use pull-up diapers, though some parents feel it increases the problem.
- Keeping alarms to wake the child up for peeing can help.
- You can also keep a potty or bed pan in the kid’s room.
Bedwetting can be embarrassing to the child as well as to the parents. Make sure the child’s siblings do not tease him/her. Never scold or punish the child for the problem as doing so can aggravate it. We hope these herbs help you and your baby.