A wet and uncomfortable way to wake up, and not your child’s fault
A hidden epidemic sweeps across our cities each evening. It is usually kept secret and just assumed to be normal, or even told it is normal, but is it? Waking up to find a wet child in a wet bed is no easy way to start your day, but if you ask any parent they are certain it is just a phase and have been reassured “they will just grow out of it.” But what happens when they don’t? Looking around for help online many sources cite 5 years old as a “normal” time to still be frequently wetting the bed for children, and if they proceed to wet the bed later than 5, then maybe that is okay too. Your doctor may just choose to prescribe something to decrease urine production when they sleep. While this may help short term, this is not the best long term solution.
Digging into the anatomy of urinating there are two main centers in our brain entitled “micturition centers”. This is just fancy doctor speak for ‘pee centers’. They are located in our brain stem (pons) and in the frontal lobe, as seen below.
Although these two areas are “primary” centers for urination, they have to work in accordance with the rest of our brain to fully fulfill their jobs, as well as communicate with the rest of our nervous system. Just like many other issues neurodevelopmentally that can be worked with, this simply means that there are potential imbalances or underactive superhighways in your child’s brain that are not functioning to their best potential. As a child grows much of their nervous system is not even present, your child is born with only about 20% of their adult brain. This means your child has no control of their sphincters which hold or release excrements until around 2 years of age. Depending on overall developmental progression, nutrition, etc. with your child individually, this can be a little sooner or later.
Overall this shows that frequent bed wetting into the late 2’s, 3’s, and older is not normal, however, it is common. Understandably, an accident every now and then after potty training is to be expected, and does not necessarily mean issues are present.
What can be done to help your children with bed wetting issues? There are specific ways to activate these parts of the brain or we can activate areas near their “pee centers” to increase blood flow and promote growth. A large majority of neurological underdevelopment in a vast majority of issues we work with can be caused by persistence of primitive reflexes. Primitive reflexes are training wheels for the brain, and although they are vital for our initial survival there is a point where they must also go away or they can hold us back. Our primitive reflexes reside in our brainstem when still present, and just working through these can make large changes in your children’s nightly activities.
On top of primitive reflex remediation, we utilize therapies such as vibration, frequencies, smells, colors, chiropractic adjustments, and more to benefit overall health of your child specifically for their needs, and their body. We understand that this can be an embarrassing and incredibly frustrating time for kids and parents alike so we work to add as many extra modalities necessary to make this phase as short and sweet as possible. Like many other conditions that we work through, this may also include some at home exercises for mom and dad to perform with the child to promote neurologic change.
Remember that phrases like; “your child is just a late bloomer,” “they will grow out of it,” or “it’s just a phase” are not really diagnoses of any kind, and better answers can usually be found.
If your child or a child you know is suffering from bed wetting issues and are interested in setting up a free consult to discuss further or an initial neurologic exam with Dr. Jake, schedule an appointment today.
Dr Jake Boraas
Functional Healing Institute