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!!



One thought on “Bedwetting Trials for Autistic children

  1. Try just drinking water, our child’s problem stopped overnight when we took him off blackcurrant and citrus squashes…….. (and vit C tablets, because they had blackcurrant and citrus in too). Cornflakes seemed to be an issue for us too! Hope this helps…

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