On this site, we presented some treatments for the management of bedwetting in children. We discussed whether or not bedwetting alarms work, the effectiveness of alarm therapy vs demospressin, and another treatment called behavioral therapy.
On this post, we’re going to give you two more treatments. These treatments are ideal for parents who don’t want to try any of the abovementioned methods especially drug or pharmacological therapy.
These alternative treatments include acupuncture and chiropractic treatment.
Acupuncture for Bedwetting
With acupuncture, a professional buries needles in pre-determined points under your child’s skin. This is done for a few days with new needles being inserted in the same points everyday.
How effective is this method?
According to a randomised controlled trial by Mao (1998) in which acupuncture (e.g., needles were inserted to participants for 3 days) was compared with “sham acupuncture” (e.g., children had needles placed on their skin for 30 minutes daily for 6 days), results showed that 53.6 % of participants who received acupuncture achieved 14 consecutive dry nights.
In another study comparing “laser acupuncture” (e.g., stimulation of predefined points for 30 seconds per visit, 3 sessions a week) with desmopressin, results showed that there was no statistically significant difference between the two treatment methods in the number of children who achieved greater than 90% improvement in the number of wet nights.
Chiropractic Treatment, Is it Effective Against Bedwetting?
Chiropractic treatment is defined as ” adjustments of the aberrant spinal movement through observation and palpation each visit” or having “spinal subluxation through high velocity, short lever thrust every 10 days.”
What did the researchers find out about this method?
In a randomised controlled trial by Reed (1994) wherein “chiropractic treatment” was compared to “sham chiropractic treatment,” results showed that 25.8% of the children who received chiropractic treatment had greater than 50% improvement in the number of dry nights.
In an evidence review called Nocturnal Enuresis: The Management of Bedwetting in Children and Young People published online by NCBI, reviewers have the following recommendations:
– Laser acupuncture appears to yield the “clearest” improvement. There also appears some equivalence in the effect of laser acupuncture and the use of desmopressin.
– The evidence review found no evidence that chiropractic treatment is effective.