How many parents are having bedwetting challenges with their children. Why do some children continue bedwetting while others overcome it earlier. As with many things there could several reasons why a single condition such as bedwetting can have multiple contributing factors.
– slower central nervous system
– food allergies
– infections (kidney and bladder)
– excess water consumption before bed
– scared of the dark
– caffeine in many sodas
Bedwetting and New Research
There has been recent research indicating a link to folate/ vitamin B12 levels attributing to a child’s bladder control. Within these studies they state “Decreased Vitamin B12 Levels in Children with Nocturnal Enuresis” in ISRN Neurology, showing that children with primary nocturnal enuresis tended to have lower vitamin B 12 and folic acid levels than the control groups. One of the main theories of nocturnal enuresis is a delayed maturity of the central nervous system. What two nutrients are critical for central nervous system development? Vitamin B 12 and folic acid!
Another interesting fact is family history. If one parent wets the bed, 44% of his or her children will do so, if both parents wet the bed, 77% of their children will do so.
New genetic tests may reveal if your child has a genetic difficulty in utilizing Vitamin B12 and folic acid.
Our clinic has started treating children who have bedwetting challenges with this specific folic acid and vitamin B 12 testing.