Nutrition

FIND THE BEST FOODS AND EATING HABITS TO HELP YOU BID BEDWETTING GOODBYE

As with most conditions, a healthy diet can go a long way in the path towards improvement.

Bedwetting is not caused by the consumption of any specific food, however, certain foods and drinks have been known to trigger or increase the likelihood of wetting the bed. If your child wets the bed, they may find some relief if certain foods are withheld in the evening.

There is a lot of misinformation and many unproven “facts” online in relation to diet, so it’s a good idea to run any new food ideas past your doctor before you begin.

Does reducing fluids help children stay dry?

It is very tempting for parents to restrict children’s fluid intake if they are prone to wetting the bed but in fact this can actually have the complete opposite effect – particularly if it results in dehydration which, if we are not careful, can lead to constipation – a known cause of bedwetting. While we no longer recommend restricting fluids completely before bedtime it is a good idea to taper off in the evenings. Water is best, as juice and milk can have a diuretic effect. It is important to adopt a regular drinking pattern throughout the day. Most children should be consuming approximately 1 litre of water, which needs to be evenly spread throughout the day. You need to make sure that your child drinks while at pre-school or school as many children have a tendancy to not drink throughout the day then consume the majority of their daily intake in the evenings placing additional pressure on their bladder.

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FOODS TO AVOID

Try withholding these foods and drinks after 4pm, as they have been linked with bedwetting.

  • Caffeine
  • Chocolate
  • Salt
  • All drinks, which are high in sugar

 

CONSTIPATION AND BEDWETTING

Constipation is a more common cause of bedwetting than many people realise. Blockages in the rectum can press against the bladder, causing its capacity to be reduced. Dietary modifications are the main way to treat constipation. Try introducing high fibre foods, such as these, to your child’s diet, as well as plenty of water:

  • Whole grains
  • Bran or barley cereals
  • Natural Greek yoghurt
  • Celery and lettuce
  • Pears, apples, plums, peaches, and grapes

Try to avoid all foods made with white flour, such as white bread and pasta, and stick to whole grains instead. Too much cheese can also cause constipation.

 

HOW A BEDWETTING AND NUTRITION JOURNAL CAN HELP

Keeping a bedwetting journal with notes about what your child ate that day may allow you to identify a pattern and single out certain foods, which may be triggering bedwetting. Every child is different, so the only way to find out is to observe and take note.

If your child is old enough, they may even like figuring this out for themselves and keeping their own journal.

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