Nocturnal enuresis, or bedwetting as it is commonly known as, is a primary type of urinary incontinence occurring in children aged five and above. Nocturnal Enuresis is the intermittent, involuntary voiding during sleep which affects around 15-20% of 5 year olds and 2% of adult children with a high rate of remission.
Nocturnal Enuresis/bedwetting can occur under a number of different circumstances or due to different reasons. The exact cause of nocturnal enuresis is unknown however there are a number of suggested causes. Ordinarily, you produce less urine when you sleep however, some people produce larger amounts of urine during the night. Other suggested causes include; an overactive bladder or a smaller than average bladder, stress or anxiety, certain types of medication, fluid intake before bed or a urinary tract infection. It can occur after a particularly stressful situation or as a result of a medical condition.
Most children outgrow nocturnal enuresis/bedwetting, however there is a small number who continue to wet the bed throughout adolescence and adulthood, and this becomes known persistent primary nocturnal enuresis.
The first thing to do may be to speak to your GP or regular health care professional to discuss how to combat and manage your own or your child’s nocturnal enuresis. Some suggested strategies could be
Other helpful tips that may reduce the incidence of Nocturnal Enuresis include:
Reduce Fluid intake before bed
Waking up at night
Discussing the problem with a health care professional
Lower Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)
The goal of Lower Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is to improve signalling of a branch of the body’s nervous system, referred as the autonomic nervous system which is responsible for the control of the bodily functions not consciously directed, in this case the body’s bladder capacity. Furthermore, it reduces uncontrolled bladder contractions and reduce the amount of urine excreted during the night. Improved signalling may lead to greater awareness of bladder fullness and therefore, increasing subsequent visits to the toilet.
Lakeside Laser is located in Joondalup central to Perth’s Northern suburbs. We have visitors from a wide range of suburbs including: Kinross, Ocean Reef, Kallaroo, Craigie, Heathridge, Woodvale, Pearsall and Landsdale. Please feel free to contact one of our laser technicians on 08 9300 0095 to discuss treatment options or to book an appointment.
Dr Linda Schiller has over 25 years work experience and has been a practicing chiropractor in the UK and South Africa since 1998, you can now access her chiropractic care in Joondalup, Northern Suburbs Perth, Australia, to get you back on the road to health.