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10-Year-Old's Bedwetting Resolves After Chiropractic Care


Bedwetting is defined as wetting the bed at a frequency of 3 or more nights per week.  Bedwetting affects approximately five to seven million children in the United States and 200,000 in Canada with a higher percentage in younger children. 

Medical treatment of bedwetting involves Desmopressin (reduces urine production) and alarms/bells for behavioral treatment.  Bedwetting spontaneously resolves in 10-20% of affected children, but does persist into adolescence for most.

Therefore, due to limited medical options, alternative therapies have become a popular option for addressing the potential physiological causes of bedwetting.

The current study examined a case report for a 10-year-old female with recurrent right ankle sprains and bedwetting.  Her bedwetting began when she was 4 years old after a urinary tract infection (UTI).

The UTI was on and off for six years and was treated with 4 courses of 7 day cycles of antibiotics.  She was wetting the bed at a frequency of five times per week or more when she consulted with Dr. Hafer.

The patient’s mother said the patient had ended the last cycle of antibiotics two weeks prior to the consultation visit.  Her diet had plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, protein, with little sugar, and fried foods.

The girl’s mother reported that her bedwetting was worse over the holidays, which she thought was due to an increased sugar intake.  She played sports nearly every day and was still active on days when sporting events were not scheduled.

At the initial exam, Dr. Hafer found the patient had a left head tilt and no curvatures, decreased range of motion in the neck, tender paraspinal muscles in the neck and sacrum areas, and extreme muscle tension of the paraspinal muscles in the neck and upper and middle back.

She began chiropractic care at a frequency of two visits per week for eight visits, but she was only able to attend five times over this duration.  Dr. Hafer adjusted the patient using the Activator Methods and Torque Release Technique.

After the patient’s first few adjustments, her mother reported that she only had one night of bedwetting.  Her mother also said that she had increased urgency on the car ride home after chiropractic care, where she had to pull over immediately at the nearest restroom.

After the girl’s second visit, her mother reported that she had no more wet nights and no more increased urgency.  She continued to have dry nights after her second visit over a 4-month duration.

Since chiropractic was successful in resolving the physiological causes of the girl’s bedwetting, her parents decided to move her to a wellness chiropractic care program for improvement in all body function.

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MLA Citation: Hafer, Christine, & Alcantara, Joel.  “Resolution of Nocturnal Enuresis Following Adjustment of Vertebral Subluxations: A Case Report.”  Journal of Pediatric, Maternal, & Family Health2015.1 (2015): 5-8.