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Remedies for Nightly Bedwetting

Nightly bedwetting can be a long, frustrating battle between parents and their children. Bedwetting, also known as nocturnal enuresis, is the involuntary release of urine and occurs because of many underlying conditions.

While some situations require external support, however, there are a few strategies that can be tried at home. Read below for a few of our strategies that can make a big difference in how you assist your child in beating bed-wetting.

1) Diet: Some foods and beverages irritate the bladder, resulting in it emptying frequently. Here are a few examples:

  • Oranges

  • Grapefruits

  • Tomatoes

  • Spicy foods

Being acidic in nature, these foods irritate the bladder. Surprisingly, milk can also increase urinary urgency and frequency when consumed in large amounts. Changing your child’s diet, especially during their last meal of the day, can make a huge difference in how their bladder responds overnight.

2) Drinking: While it is important for your growing children to stay hydrated, try to avoid drinking before bed. It is recommended to not have a drink >3 hours before bedtime. Children sometimes ask for a drink right before bed as an excuse to spend more time together, however it is better to try reading a short book rather than drink in order to get the time together and to avoid filling the bladder.