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My 9 year old son continues to regularly wet the bed of a night. My older two children also did so until around 10-11 so I’m not particularly concerned. I had read that seeing a chiropractor can assist bed wetters. I’m not sure how. Has anyone taken their child to see a chiropractor for this reason? What was the outcome?

Posted by ocon.fam, 4th April 2014

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  • My son regularly wet the bed till he was 10-11 years old. We never made a problem from it, knowing that it’s very common for boys to mature later in this regard. He’s 14yr now and totally grew out of that.
    However I had a 9year old girl in care who was in nappies during the night and we actively sought help via the continence nurse and started “toilet training” during the day (while she was never wet during the day) a lot had to do with drinking enough water during the day, taking the time to go to the toilet during the day and even bowel motions !

  • I am not sure how a chiropractor can help, I would be getting my kids bones messed with unless necessary

  • my son did till he was 11 than one day just stopped if one parent was a bed wetter then that increases the chance of a child to be a bed wetter and if both were bed wetter’s up to the age of 6 than that child has a 70% chance of bed wetting for a long period of time good luck and it will pass

  • someone once told me that a chiropractor could help but I cannot remember how. If it does not bother you or your son I would just let it run its course. He will eventually stop. Sometimes when kids are deep sleepers they find it hard to wake. If the bladder is small still then the body would just release it without them even knowing. He will eventually stop, everyone is different and nothing to worry about.

  • i hope all is well

  • Have you tried Minerin the nasal spray? My son had bet wetting till early teens and this spray helped put a chemical back into his body that breaks down urine at night.

  • Thanks all.
    Just to clarify – my son is seeing a doctor and as I said before its not a major issue at this point, It doesn’t particularly bother him or myself, I’m confident his body will fix itself in time just like my other children. lots of kids this age still wet regularly, its just not something people broadcast to save any embarrassment for the child. I was just raising the chiropractor question as an alternative.

  • I’d suggest seeing a doctor if it continues much longer.

  • i hope it works well

  • I would see a paediatrician. It can be hereditary, so they should be able to clarify this.

  • Ive never heard of an alarmed mattress but it sounds like a great idea!

  • I haven’t heard anything about using a chiropractor to solve this problem (and my sister-in-laws mum did a thesis on this!). She suggests an alarmed mattress cover which goes off as soon as it gets wet, thereby waking your son up. It’s supposed to break the cycle and retrain the brain(?). Good luck.

  • I have heard mixed reviews regarding chiro work, personally I dont think it would work but it doesn’t hurt to try. (make sure they are certified though) I would talk to your doctor to rule out any other issues. I have heard of good results where stretching the bladder works. let them drink as much as they like but when they need to go to the toilet ask them to wait 5 or 10 minutes etc and longer if possible. This enlarges the bladder they say and helps. Goodluck my eldest stopped at 4 and a half but my nearly 6 year old wets everynight still. So we are trying a few things and checking a few other sleep related disorders with him.

  • By the way, they don’t recomend waking the child or alarms as this teaches the bladder to actually pee at those times.
    You want to teach the bladder to hold on longer.
    And restricting drinks before bedtime is a myth – the only thing this has been proven to do is dehydrate the child.

  • My oldest boy was a bed wetter and at 11 I took him to an Aneurysis (sp) clinic in Brisbane.
    My sons problem.. and its the same for most bedwetters… is the bladder does not always grow as fast as the rest of the child.. You need to stretch the bladder. My son had to drink 1.5 litres of water a day…on top of any other fluids he had. He also had to make himself wait when he needed to go to the toilet – not until he was busting – just until he felt a bit uncomfortable. If you have access to a clinic I would highly recomend getting advice or speak to your g.p.. My son went from wetting the bed every night to wetting less than 4 times a fortnight after only 3 weeks!

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