Wetting the bed as a toddler seems normal. As children get older and accidents still happen, it is heartbreaking to all involved. Embarrassment. Setting alarms in the middle of the night. Declining invitations to sleepovers. Frustration. Disappointment. Parent frustration. Even diapers.
Overnight bladder control is something that comes as a child ages. After four or five years of age, the difficulty in staying dry at night may be a sign of an underlying problem. While chiropractic is not a treatment for bedwetting, many children have seen success and have been helped with chiropractic care.
The bladder has two main muscles that contract and relax to control its function. We know that the nervous system is the main controller of all functions in our body and our urinary system is no different. The spine in the lower back and sacrum has nerves that exit that level to supply the muscles controlling bladder function. Our sacrum (or bottom triangle bone of our spine) is made up of five smaller segments when we are little. As we grow, they fuse together to make our sacrum as an adult. During our early years, these segments may become misaligned because of falling, learning to walk, riding a bike etc. At this point, the nerves that exit these levels may become compromised and alter bladder function.
Chiropractic looks for misalignments in this area. With gentle, specific adjustments, the misalignments may be corrected and the nerve function to the bladder may be restored. There have been numerous published research papers showing the positive benefits of chiropractic care and bedwetting.
Chiropractic care is not a treatment for bedwetting. However, an examination that shows nerve interference coming from the spine may be a reason for the struggles your child is experiencing. We know what a sensitive topic this is for your child and we can assure you that we handle the situation will great compassion and privacy. Please contact our office with any questions and to schedule an examination.