Bedwetting (nocturnal enuresis) is common up to the ages four or five, but beyond that age bedwetting becomes an issue. The inability for your child to stay dry at night can cause self-esteem issues which may lead to physiological. The embarrassment of having a plastic mattress cover, alarm at night, and wearing diapers, can hinder their social skills and interactions with other children.
The sacrum is an important structure that houses nerves for bowel movements and bladder function. The developing sacrum initially has five individual segments that will later fuse together to form the triangular-shaped bone that adults have at the base of the spine. During childhood, these individual segments can misalign from everyday activities such as riding a bike or playing sports. The misalignments may compromise nerves that are responsible for bladder function.
Two key muscles that are vital for emptying of the bladder are the destrusor and trigone muscles. The nerves that control the function of these muscles exit the spinal column in the lower back and sacrum. When these nerves are compromised, bedwetting can be a side effect. During our examination, we identify misalignments in the sacrum and adjust accordingly. When misalignments are corrected with safe and natural chiropractic adjustments, messages from the bladder to the brain are properly transmitted and bladder continence may be restored.
There are many causes of bedwetting not all of which are related to nerve irritation or interference. Bedwetting should be co-managed with your primary care physician to insure proper management.