Bedwetting Trials for Autistic children

At this stage in life we are still dealing with a common problems among learning disabled children – how to teach them to use the bathroom at night.  If I ask my son where do we go when we have to use the restroom he will state the bathroom but somehow in the middle of the night, he cannot wake himself up to go.  We still use “pull-up” during the day for the “accidents” – the ones where he gets excited and wets his pants.  His cognitive level seems to be increasing but his nervous excitement at certain times will cause “accidents” during the day.

How do you teach a child with cognitive disability to strengthen their bladder muscles?

I have been given some suggestions on what to do, which I will share below:

1) “Our experience has been that in our family, dehydration played a factor. Once I realized this, I stressed drinking water in the morning, and early in the day. Otherwise, the body tended to “hoard” liquids, and then release at night. This helped immensely for us. Corn silk tea (using the corn silk to make tea) is supposed to strengthen the bladder), There are other issues that can cause bedwetting too, and parasites are sometimes a big one. There is a good article in No Greater Joy magazine on what a person can use herbally for that. Parasites are a very very common issue that is often misdiagnosed. Also, sensitivity to food additives. (Things like msg, food colorings, and other additives. There is good information to be found when googling “Dangers of food colorings”…or “msg”. We found a list to post on the refrigerator). I just mention that, because a friend had a child with food color sensitivitiy (everyone technically is sensitive in some way to food coloring, it can cause cancer!) and she noticed bed wetting ended once she eliminated them.”

2) “Having had some history with this, I found that it is almost always the result of a hormonal/chemical issue and is often genetic and runs in families. (Information conveyed by physicians and confirmed by my own study and experience.)  There are certain chemicals that the bladder releases telling the brain that it is full and the brain needs to wake up the rest of the body.  Often times there is just an insufficient amount of these chemicals to awake the brain during sleep.  It’s like the “sleep” chemicals are so strong that the “bladder” chemicals can’t be heard.  This can be especially true for people who are “deep” sleepers, but that’s not always the case.  Sometimes the child will awake during or after wetting the bed because the signals sent to the brain are from different sources, (skin, etc.), and the brain receives these differently.

There really is not a “cure” for this.  If there are medications that can help with this now or not, I don’t know.  It can be very helpful for a child, however, to realize that this is most likely a physical/medical issue which is not under their control.  One thing that has been suggested is to set an alarm clock during the night and have them get up to use the bathroom at that time.  Of course this can also throw off sleep patterns, so it can take some trial & error to see if this is successful and if it still allows the child to get adequate sleep.”
3) “Check into a few other things such as allergies.  One of my family members had an issue with bedwetting and my mother, a nurse, did lots of research on the issue.  She discovered that allergies and low immune system played a
role in bedwetting also.  My mother started to document and when the person was fighting allergies or an illness there were more instances of bedwetting.  It has something to do with a thinner lining.  I am fuzzy on it but have talked to my mother in regards to another friend with similar issues.  Do be careful if you go to a doctor about it.  A prescription was
offered but, when Mom did research, it was a drug used for mental health but had the side effect of helping with bedwetting.”

Another factor that comes into play is a back out of adjustment.  If the back is not in proper alignment the nerves don’t “shoot” properly.  Most chiropractors will tell you that back adjustments can help. “

4)  “In the inpatient child psychiatric setting for enuretic patients (bedwetting),we cut off fluids at 7 pm and make sure they use the bathroom before bed. Aurinary tract infection, of course, must be ruled out.”
The suggestions above were from fellow parents who have endured this same issue, some of them have nervous function disorders while others did not.  If you have any suggestions of what has worked for your child, please feel free to post the suggestions or comments!!



Writing his 1st letters!

While working with my son the other day he drew his first FEW LETTERS with very little help!!  It is such a proud moment which makes me realize that he is now in a place cognitively to start learning in a more intense way.

We have been looking into raised lined paper for help with children of sensory needs.  I found some at a local teachers store for less that what could be purchased online.  For some reason the paper is manufactured in a way that when the child/person presses on it they receive input as to where the boundary lines are on the paper.  Check out a teacher or homeschool supply store.

While I was there I looked into some other products they carried for sensory issues, such as tracing tools.  I found the School-Rite tracing template, which is perfect for our needs. Unlike paper tracing templates or individual letter templates this templates is more durable and easier to use than other products!

New Treatment in Autism – Kefir

A friend told me recently that a new treatment for autism recently is using coconut kefir for health improvements.  We have been using milk kefir for the last few years, just not consistently.  Our kefir is grown by leaving it out on the counter for a couple of days to “grow” then we transfer it over to another container while we make smoothies from the juice and granules.

When the kefir looks like cottage cheese and gives an odor that means it is ready to transfer to a new batch.  There are many health improvements from using kefir.  I recommend using the actual granules not a kefir starter unless you are making the coconut kefir recipe, also an important note if you use kefir starter packets – they may have added ingredients in them that you would counteract what you are trying to accomplish with an all natural diet.

If you would like to learn how to make coconut kefir visit this link:

….”Over the years while studying and experimenting on kefir and kefir grains, I have compiled a list of the known benefits that kefir may be able to cure.”

I have personally seen many of these health benefits throughout the years and I really do hope it helps you too.

Here are some of the known kefir health benefits:

  1. Strongest natural remedy against any allergy
  2. Strongest natural antibiotic without side effects
  3. Treats liver disease
  4. Treats gallbladder, dissolves gall bladder stones
  5. Clears the body of salts, heavy metals, radionuclides, and alcoholic products
  6. Cleans the body of chemical antibiotics
  7. Treats kidney stones
  8. Good bacteria in kefir are able to fight off pathogenic microorganisms
  9. Lowers level of LDL cholesterol
  10. Cleans the gastrointestinal tract
  11. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  12. Treats gastritis
  13. Treats pancreatitis
  14. Treats ulcers
  15. Prevents and treats colon cancer
  16. Improves digestion
  17. Improves the body functions
  18. Improves the human immune system
  19. Cures Candida
  20. Cures hypertension
  21. Stops growth of cancer cells
  22. Speeds up healing process
  23. Treats psoriasis
  24. Treats eczema
  25. Treats inflammatory diseases
  26. Reduces size of tumors
  27. Treats heart disease
  28. Reverses calcination of blood vessels
  29. Clears the blood vessels
  30. Boosts the bodies energy
  31. Natural “feel good” food
  32. Treats lung infections
  33. Normalizes metabolism thereby can be used as for weight loss
  34. Cures acne
  35. Has anti-oxidants and anti-aging properties
  36. Nourishes hair
  37. Treats the gum disease parodontosis
  38. Lessens effects of medicines
  39. Replenishes body of good bacteria after antibiotic
  40. Balances the microflora of the body’s digestive system
  41. Regulates blood pressure
  42. Lowers blood sugar
  43. Lowers blood lipid levels or cholesterol and fatty acids
  44. Treats diarrhea
  45. Treats constipation
  46. Promotes bowel movement
  47. Anti-stress properties
  48. Treats sleeping disorders
  49. Treats depression
  50. Treats attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  51. Improves the brains neuro functions like reflexes, memory retention, attention, the five senses
  52. Reduces flatulence
  53. Lactic acid fermentation enhances the digestibility of milk based foods. People who cannot otherwise digest milk, can enjoy the vital calcium rich Kefir.
  54. Treats yeast infection
  55. Eliminates vaginal odors
  56. Cures wrinkles
  57. Treats arthritis
  58. Treats colitis
  59. Treats gout
  60. Cures migranes
  61. Treats rheumatism
  62. Treats other stomach disorders
  63. Detoxifies the body
  64. Improves protein quality of milk, and enhances absorption and digestion
  65. Good bacteria manufacture B vitamins such as B3, B6 and folic acid.
  66. Aids in treating tuberculosis
  67. Treats stomach cramps
  68. Treats chronic intestine infections
  69. Treats liver infections
  70. Treats asthma
  71. Treats bronchitis
  72. Treats sclerosis
  73. Treats anemia
  74. Treats hepatitis
  75. Healing effects on catarrh, digestive nodes, astral nodes, bilious complaints
  76. Treats leaky gut syndrome
  77. Prevents metastasis
  78. Cures bad morning breath

If you have any comments about using kefir in your diet, please share your comments!  Thanks for reading.  I highly recommend trying kefir as we have noticed a lot less colds and flus in our own family!

Alternative therapy to horseback riding

Horseback riding!  Almost everyone loves or would like to do it on a frequent basis but it is one thing that is extremely expensive.  If your therapist has recommended this therapy for your child you may find yourself in the same predicament as myself in this trying economy.

I have been told that if we can get our son horseback riding lessons that it will not only help his posture, balance, breath control but also most importantly his speech!  The number one issue that he has had his whole life!

We have looked into this form of therapy and found that his insurance at this time won’t cover the cost or if they did, that we were still looking at a hefty price tag for 2x a week therapy program.  Well, I am a bargain hunter and one thing I found that worked just as well and was a fraction of the cost – an exercise or therapy ball.  If you can’t afford one of those then I recommend picking up any big size inflatable ball that will support the weight of your child.   Walmart has exercise balls for about $10.

If you homeschool your child have him sit on the ball instead of a chair for a few minutes throughout the day.  You can also do oral exercises – whether flash cards or asking questions to your child while he is sitting on the ball.  It will help with keeping the body aware of its surroundings by having to do two things at one time.

However, if a horse is accessible and nearby then by all means grab it and put your child on it for an excellent sensory activity! 🙂

Swimming challenges!

Now that summer is here, we are starting some new activities and seeing positive changes.  On Sunday we took our family swimming at an indoor park.  Our children took swimming lessons last year and passed but our son has severe problems with swimming and staying afloat.  It is a major concern on our part for safety near water!  We have found it very difficult to teach him how to kick his legs and move his arms at the same time.  He understood the command to kick his feet but he cannot grasp how to rotate his arms in order to move in the water or stay afloat.

The park we took him to was reasonably priced and an excellent sensory activity.  They had slides, kiddie area where they can walk or sit in low levels of water, they had what is called the lazy river – where you can follow the flow of the water around a path, there was also an area  in the pool where the water spun around in a circle, a section where you can swim laps and the best part of all for autistic children…. water sprinklers at various places in the pool.  Autistic children need periodic moments where they are exposed to sensations they don’t like.  We have found that when we don’t force our son to experience unpleasant sensations that he tends to overreact in more profound ways.   The sprinklers would come upon him at times he wasn’t prepared for and then he would start to cry, shake and stiffen up to the point that it is difficult to calm him down.

Blow dryers in the bathroom are a similar situation for him – whenever we go to a public place he will say that he has to use the restroom, on our way there he will repeatedly ask me if there are dryers in the bathroom.  If he founds that it has a dryer he will tense up and start crying, but if he founds that it only contains paper towels then he will remain calm while telling me that there are no dryers.  Using the restroom in public places is not a pleasant experience while in this stage.

I highly recommend continuing to expose your child in small increments to the things that he cannot tolerate well!  If the noise from the dryer upsets him/her then if you have a vacuum, hair dryer or something that is in the same frequency or close to it – run it for a minute or two every day as you slowly build up the time.  If he/she doesn’t like water from the shower on his head, again start small and gradually build up the frequency and amount.  The nervous system needs to be trained that this is normal and not something to put the system on alert.

Also, don’t be discouraged if changes don’t happen right away.  It is important to remember that your child, like ours, may be developmentally behind therefore if he is 8 years old as our son is he may be at the developmental age of 6 or 7 or even younger..

I would also recommend that if you can find a swimming instructor who is trained in working with autistic children!  We tried him in a class last year and realized that one-on-one training is going to be the way that he learns at this point and time.    Stay safe this summer!