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Bed Wetting


Punishment plays no part in the successful treatment of this condition. The child should not be made to feel guilty. This may cause him to lose confidence in himself and rob him of his self-respect.

The parent should ensure that the child who faces this problem has plenty of sleep and rest and a pleasant home environment. The following suggestions may help the child overcome the problem of bed-wetting.

Reduce the amount of fluid just before child goes to bed. Do not be unreasonable, especially on a hot night, for the more concentrated urine may be irritating the child and causing him to lose control of his bladder during sleep.

Do not be over anxious about this problem. Making an issue of it may only prolong the problem. Try to keep the child relaxed, even if he is a little slow in overcoming this habit.

Make the child void his bladder before going to sleep, especially if this is a frequent problem.

Be sure to reward him in an appropriate manner when he succeeds in keeping dry at night. Do not punish him when he fails.

Give your child a happy home of which he can be truly proud. Try to remove all friction within the family. This may help to solve not only the bed-wetting but all other nervous problems as well.

In regard to physical treatment, the child should be placed on an all-fruit diet for few days. If possible, he should be given warm water enema daily during this period to cleanse the bowels. He should also be given cold sitz bath daily. The procedure is to fill an ordinary bath tub with cold water to a depth of four inches or so. The child should sit in it in such a way so that his feet and sexual organs are immersed for the most part in water. Only the seat and feet should touch the bottom of the tub, while the knees are always above the water.

The knees should be kept apart and the water should be vigorously dashed over the abdomen with the hollow of the hand. The throwing of the water is then followed by a brisk rubbing of the abdomen with both hands. After this process has been carried on for a while, all the parts immersed in the water, except the sexual organs themselves, should be rubbed vigorously with open hand and then dried with a rough towel. When the child becomes stronger, the rubbing-dry process should be carried out with the hands. This is in itself a good exercise and improves the condition of the skin.

This will help tone up the bladder. Bed-wetting in children of fairly advanced stage is usually due to mental strain, induced by over-stimulation of the brain through excessive school work, and incitement by parents to learn too much. In these cases, the child should be given plenty of rest and quiet and freedom from all undue mental activity and nervous excitement.

An excellent home remedy for bed-wetting is the use of mixture of sesame seeds (til) and bishop’s weed (ajwain). About 24 gms of sesame seeds should be mixed with 12 gms of ajwain and 36 gms of jiggery. About 6 gms, of this confection should be given to the child in the morning and evening. This will bring good results.

Fresh air and outdoor games are also helpful in the treatment of bed-wetting in children. The child should be encouraged to spend as much time outdoors as possible and play outdoor games in preference to indoor ones.

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