You’re not the first parent to wonder if bedwetting hypnosis works, and the short answer is “yes”, but we also feel that we need to give you the longer and more nuanced answer.
What psychologists and paediatricians working with children dealing with bedwetting saw is that hypnosis can be effective. It won’t work in absolutely all cases, both because the cause of the nocturnal enuresis can be, in fact, medical, or because the child is refusing to cooperate or the hypnotherapy sessions stopped too soon.
What turns many parents to what’s commonly called bedwetting hypnosis is the fact that it’s a natural and less expensive treatment option, one that has no negative side effects.
Clinical Psychologists and Professors Dr Thomas Virden and Dr Beth Keen, writing about bedwetting, stated that research suggested that many children dealing with bedwetting responded within four to six hypnosis sessions. They also emphasised one other important benefit of hypnosis:
“Hypnosis can give the child the power to treat him or herself so it can also help build the self-confidence and self-esteem that may have been lost through the bedwetting experience”.
How Does Bedwetting Affect a Child?
The two distinguished Doctors mentioned the loss of self-esteem because it’s a severe issue. The wet clothes and bed linen are nothing compared to the damage bedwetting can do to a child’s self-esteem. What parents need to understand is that bedwetting is a problem beyond their little one’s physical control. That can take an emotional toll on a child who is just discovering who they are and assessing their importance.
A study actually showed that young children who wet the bed at night rate bedwetting as the third most important problem they have to deal with, following only their parents’ divorce or domestic fights.
Children don’t know why they wet the bed, and because they can’t control it, they’re deeply ashamed of it. That leads to feelings of embarrassment building up over time, affecting the child’s opinion of themselves, how they act in social situations, what they believe their parents think about them, and even school performance.
Is Bedwetting Common?
The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne estimates that in the state of Victoria alone, there are over 35,000 children between the ages of five and 15 who regularly wet the bed. The number of children who wet the bed is falling as children age. 33% of all four-year-olds are bedwetters, while only 10% of all 6-year-olds and just 5% of all 10-year-olds are still wetting the bed at their age.
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What are the Non-Medical Causes of Bedwetting?
There are a few potential causes that aren’t related to a medical issue worth noting.
One of them is a genetic predisposition. If one or both of the parents wet the bed as kids, it’s likely that their children will also deal with this issue for longer than most of their peers.
Other causes can be traced back to the body not inhibiting the production of urine during the night (by producing less vasopressin than it needs). The kidneys just keep producing urine even though the child fell asleep.
Another cause physicians just started to understand better is constipation. Most times, parents don’t even realise that their little one is dealing with this problem.
One of the most common causes is a deep sleep. Most parents who deal with the issue would describe their little ones as deep sleepers.
At this point, doctors believe there must be some other causes but they haven’t really discovered all of them. What you should remember is that bedwetting is part of growing up, and the child has no control over it. They’re not doing it to make your life harder and they’d be more than happy to make the bedwetting stop.
Two Bedwetting Cases Solved through Hypnosis
These two cases might help you understand if hypnotherapy could be an option for your child. Even though we can’t disclose the name of those involved, we can answer general questions, so please don’t hesitate to leave us your comments.
“Kylie” lives in Melbourne. She’s the mum of a wonderful 5 y.o. boy. What happened was that after more than a year after he stopped wetting the bed, it started happening again. Kylie was worried that it was a health problem, but the doctors confirmed that her little boy was 100% healthy. She talked to a naturopath who thought it all might be connected to the fact that she was expecting a new baby and recommended she try SleepTalk.
After Kylie’s first two training sessions, she started telling her little boy every evening (using the SleepTalk process) how much he is loved by his parents, and in just two days the bedwetting stopped.
“Dawn” was in a different situation. Her 7 y.o. daughter was wetting the bed almost every single night, and she looked for answers and solution in the cabinets of doctors, chiropractors and even naturopaths. The answers she got ranged from “she’ll stop after she gets older” to prescriptions for minerals, vitamins, dietary supplements. Nothing helped, and her daughter was losing her self-esteem. That’s when Dawn book a first hypnotherapy session, even though she wasn’t convinced this will work where everything else failed. In a month, the bedwetting incidents stopped almost completely, and her daughter’s self-image improved, which lead to also doing better in school.
There’s a big stigma associated with bedwetting. It’s not affecting only the self-esteem of kids, it also makes parents feel like they’re failing. Some parents are even accused of not being able to properly take care of their children.
Hypnosis might not work every single time, but it really changes the lives of those it does work for, and it’s safer and cheaper than most bedwetting treatments, so there’s nothing much to lose for giving it a try.