Nocturnal Enuresis (Nighttime Bedwetting)
It’s been almost a year since I’ve posted anything but today I had such great news from a new client that I just had to sit down and write. Last week a woman came into my office to talk about her 13 year old son who wets the bed every night. She stated that they have tried many many things over the years and nothing seems to work. Such is the case with lots of people who walk through my door.
I did not have any experience with this situation and told her that I had a hunch that CranioSacral therapy would help him but I did not know for sure. My mind was racing with thoughts. She left the office and took my card.
That night I did some research on Nocturnal Enuresis. I learned that it is way more common than I would have thought. Numbers vary but an estimated 5-7 million children in the United States have nighttime enuresis. 15% of 5 year olds and 10% of 6 year olds experience it and as children get older there is a gradual decrease in that number of about 15% per year. Still, that leaves a fairly large number, about 2%, by age 13. Etiology is not completely understood and, therefore, widely debated. Many authorities believe that causes may include family history of bedwetting, incomplete or abnormal nervous system, hormone imbalance and sleep patterns. Most of these can be addressed with CranioSacral Therapy so when she called me to set an appointment, I was hopeful that CST would help.
One treatment, 1. The first night after the first treatment the boy had a dry night. The membranes in his system were very very tight. Because he is only 13, they softened up nicely. Because it was so unusual for such a young person to feel this way, I asked his mom if he had a difficult birth and guess what? My hunch was correct; vacuum was necessary to bring him into the world. Knowing this, I felt the cause of the severe tightness was due to his birth process and not to environmental toxins or other causes and so I felt he would correct more completely with just a few more visits. He came to see me 2 days later. Again, dry. Ultimately, he came 5 times for CranioSacral Therapy treatments. Between visits, he had a couple of wet nights but mostly dry.
If you are reading this I hope you will talk about it. This family, of course, kept this situation to themselves. I’m sure others do as well. It was only by fate that the mom and I began talking one day. I’m sure there are many other kids and families out there who are dealing with this same issue. Knowing that CranioSacral Therapy could be a beautiful, gentle and compassionate solution to a very emotional and embarrassing problem could be golden news to the right person.