Nocturnal enuresis, or bedwetting, is a condition in children who are beyond the age when they should be able to control their bladder at night. About a fifth of five- and six-year-olds wet the bed, most of whom are boys. A small proportion – two or three per cent – continue to wet the bed up to the age of 14.
This condition is distressing for both you and your child. It is frustrating having to constantly change the sheets and, when it happens night after night, it may seem as if your child is just being lazy or perverse not getting up to go to the loo. However, it is not his fault, and he may be feeling deep shame, which can be damaging to self-esteem.
Enuresis is sometimes put down to trauma or stress, but if your child has never developed full bladder control, Retained Reflex Syndrome is more likely to be the cause. Urologists are beginning to recognise that a retained Spinal Galant reflex is the culprit. When both sides of the lower back are stimulated at the same time, this can activate a reflex which causes the child to urinate. It is often triggered at night through contact with bedding, when the child’s muscles are relaxed and can’t counter the effect of the stimulus.
What can you do? You may have seen doctors, urologists, psychologists and homeopaths, with disappointing results. At the David Mulhall Centre, we can cure enuresis permanently and naturally using the Mulhall Integration Programme. We conduct a thorough and non-invasive assessment and create an individual treatment programme using a range of gentle techniques tailored to your child’s needs.