Potty training is a big feat in any household with little ones, but nighttime potty training is a whole different beast. You might have gotten your little guy daytime potty trained around age 2, but now he’s almost 4 and still can’t make it through the night dry. Or perhaps your little girl has been pretty well potty trained since around her third birthday, but she’s starting kindergarten soon and still isn’t staying dry all night long. Or maybe you have an older child who occasionally has nighttime accidents. What can you do to combat bedwetting, also known as nocturnal enuresis?
In some situations, you may need to explore some different options for nighttime potty training, especially when your child is younger, between the ages of 2 and 5. But if your child is older and is capable of staying dry at night but simply struggles with it sometimes, you might need to look into some alternative options for improving nighttime bladder control. One such option is chiropractic care.
While you may not think chiropractic adjustments of the spine have anything to do with the bladder, you may be surprised to find out that they are actually quite interconnected. The spine houses the spinal cord, which is a key component in the central nervous system. Along with your brain, your spinal cord helps to deliver messages to various systems of the body to make sure they work properly.
If there is a misalignment of the spine, meaning that a vertebra is shifted or twisted, the messages from the brain can be interrupted and bring about dysfunction. Essentially, the vertebra puts pressure on the nerves, and similar to how a kink in a hose slows down the flow of water, the messages are slowed down and their transmission is impeded. This can cause a myriad of issues depending on where in the spine the misalignment is. Generally speaking, children with bedwetting issues tend to have misalignments in their lower back.
When Bozeman chiropractor Dr. Cary Gentry sees a pediatric practice member with complaints of bedwetting, he always checks his lumbar spine first. Realigning this area of the back can improve the communication between the excretory system and the brain, enhance blood flow to the excretory system, and bring about the restoration of proper function. Several children have found relief from bedwetting because of chiropractic care, including a 6-year-old boy with Autism and a 9-year-old boy who had struggled with bedwetting his entire life.
While nighttime potty training and bladder control training will likely benefit your child, you can contribute more to finding a solution by seeing Bozeman chiropractor Dr. Cary Gentry. His team at Waypoint Chiropractic is passionate about helping you and your family live well and be as healthy as possible with neurologically-based chiropractic care. Contact Dr. Gentry today to schedule a consultation to see how chiropractic care can help you and your loved ones.
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You’re probably familiar with adults beginning chiropractic care to alleviate headaches, reduce back pain, or improve their digestive troubles. But it may surprise you to know that babies and kids can also benefit a great deal from chiropractic care. In fact, kids who get under chiropractic care at an early age are likely to have fewer issues growing up and later become healthier and more wellness-minded adults.Read More