As the mother of ten, I have had children who wet the bed past the age of three. I never thought it was their fault. I knew they felt bad about it. I didn’t say much, and never woke them in the night to go to the potty. I put protective sheets on the mattress and bought pull ups. I let the child care for the wet things in private, as much as they were able.
I tried herbal remedies. I had a Nature’s Sunshine’s distributorship, and bought parsley and oat straw tea. These herbs helped the child empty their bladder more effectively during the day, so it wouldn’t be so full at night. They worked when the child used them, but they didn’t cure the bedwetting.
After seven biological children, my husband and I adopted three times. One was a toddler when she came to live with us. I soon had her potty trained during the day, but she couldn’t stay dry at night. She had been through a lot of trauma, which I thought contributed to her bedwetting.
When she was four, her birth parents had another baby who was soon adopted by us, too. When he was two years old, it was obvious he had emotional problems. Our doctor confirmed this, and told me to contact the Child Study Center. But it took weeks to get the paperwork they required done, and then I was told it would take six months to get an appointment. I decided to research online for something to help my son.
As I typed in his symptoms and read different articles, diet kept coming up. Before long, I found the Feingold Diet and we began to follow it. The results were amazing. My son changed from a raging, tantrum-throwing child into an affectionate child whose speech improved and was potty trained in one day.
The diet was restrictive in that he could no longer have foods that contained corn syrup, preservatives, and artificial additives, flavorings and colorings. I also began buying raw cow’s milk from a local farm.
Soon our home was free of everything my son could not eat, and our entire family was following this diet.
Suddenly, many of us were seeing improvements in our health. My sixteen-year-old son, who was in the habit of carrying around a roll of toilet paper because he had to blow his nose so much, found he no longer needed it. In fact, several of us were relieved of runny noses. My headaches went away.
And within a week of this diet, my daughter, who was now six years old, quit wetting the bed. She was thrilled, and so was I. Bedwetting is a miserable thing for a child. Her confidence grew as she woke up dry morning after morning.
If you child is having trouble with bedwetting past the age of three or so, consider their diet. Although changing the way we eat can seem overwhelming at first, your family’s health will improve, and your child’s bedwetting may become a thing of the past!