|Wet sheets and pajamas are a regular nighttime occurrence for young children, who often don’t stay dry at night for some time after being completely toilet trained during the daytime. However, for many school-aged children, bed-wetting (a.k.a. primary nocturnal enuresis) is a problem that brings fear and shame, spoiling many a sleepover party or trip to summer camp.
Understanding what research has uncovered about bed-wetting is the first step to dealing with it. Several studies point to chiropractic care as a safe and viable solution that can bring dry mornings and a sense of relief to many children.
Case studies shed some light on the mechanics of how chiropractic might help manage nocturnal enuresis by targeting musculoskeletal irregularities. One such study concerns a 13-year-old girl.
A chiropractic exam uncovered muscle and joint abnormalities in her lumbar (lower) spine and pelvis. Adjustments to these areas resulted in an end to bed-wetting for this child (Alternat Med Rev 2011;16:164-71).
Many parents trust doctors of chiropractic as partners in their children’s wellness. At our chiropractic office, we know that a child’s musculoskeletal system is growing and developing all the way from infancy through the teenage years. We tailor care appropriately to young patients.Dr. Barbara Smith