Bedwetting in Children & bladder irritants

In the United States, bedwetting is a problem for as many as 7 million children, according to the National Institutes of Health. While there's no set age that children grow out of bedwetting, each year as children grow older, fewer and fewer experience enuresis.

Bed-wetting is common prior to puberty, affecting about 15% of kids. It often runs in families, and boys are more likely to wet the bed than girls. However, girls will have more day accidents than boys.

There are some strong IRRITANTS that cause Urinary urgency, which is a strong desire to urinate and an inability to “hold it”, and the need to go to the bathroom often, especially after going to bed, is closely associated with a diet that consists of unfriendly bladder choices.

Some of the common triggers are foods that contain caffeine, such as chocolate, tea, coffee and soda. These foods can act on the kidneys to increase urine production and, therefore, cause bladder control problems. Cigarette smoking is also a strong bladder irritant. Citrus fruits and juices, tomato-based products, spicy foods and aspartame-based sweeteners may be especially irritable to the bladder. Caffeine, in particular, can also be so irritating to the bladder itself that it may cause bladder spasms.

If you already have incontinence problems, you may want to avoid excessive drinking of soda, citrus drinks and cranberry juice. Although many people think that cranberry juice is healthy for the bladder it’s not true. Cranberry juice is only beneficial for an infected bladder. A healthy bladder is irritated by cranberry juice.

Steven F. Trimarco
Real Corporation
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