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Uses

  • Nocturnal Enuresis
  • Primary Nocturnal Enuresis
  • PNE

Bed-wetting is urination during sleep in children older than 5 years of age. It is common and usually goes away on its own. Children do not like to feel different than their peers, so bed-wetting often causes embarrassment.

It is treated with family support, behavioral conditioning, and bladder training. Some children may need medicine, but this is not common. Some parents turn to natural therapies to help promote bladder control.

Natural Therapies

May Be Effective

Not Enough Data to Assess

  • Manual therapy C1

Editorial process and description of evidence categories can be found at EBSCO NAT Editorial Process.

Editorial process and description of evidence categories can be found at EBSCO NAT Editorial Process.

Herbs and Supplements to Be Used With Caution

Talk to your doctor about all herbs or pills you are taking. Some may get in the way of your treatment or other health problems you may have.

Talk to your doctor about any supplements or therapy you would like to use. Some may get in the way of treatment. They can also make illness worse or cause new problems. Examples include:

References

Acupuncture

REFA1 Karaman MI, Koca O, et al. Laser acupuncture therapy for primary monosymptomatic nocturnal enuresis. J Urol. 2011;185(5):1852-1856.

REFA2 Kiddoo D. Nocturnal enuresis: non-pharmacological treatments. BMJ Clin Evid. 2015 Jan 13;2015. pii: 0305.

REFA3 Moursy EE, Kamel NF, et al. Combined laser acupuncture and desmopressin for treating resistant cases of monosymptomatic nocturnal enuresis: a randomized comparative study. Scand J Urol. 2014 Dec;48(6):559-564.

REFA4 Alsharnoubi J, Sabbour AA, et al. Nocturnal enuresis in children between laser acupuncture and medical treatment: a comparative study. Lasers Med Sci. 2017 Jan;32(1):95-99.

REFA5 Huang T, Shu X, et al. Complementary and miscellaneous interventions for nocturnal enuresis in children. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2011 Dec 7;(12):CD005230.

REFA6 Kiddoo D. Nocturnal enuresis. BMJ Clin Evid. 2011 Jan 31;2011. pii: 0305.

Herbs and Supplements

REFB1 Sharifi H, Minaie MB, et al. Topical use of Matricaria recutita L (Chamomile) Oil in the Treatment of Monosymptomatic Enuresis in Children: A Double-Blind Randomized Controlled Trial. J Evid Based Complementary Altern Med. 2017;22(1):12-17.

REFB2 Rahmani E, Eftekhari MH, et al. Effect of vitamin D and omega-3 on nocturnal enuresis of 7-15-year-old children. J Pediatr Urol. 2018 Jun;14(3):257.e1-257.e6.

REFB3 Ma Y, Liu X, et al. Effect of traditional Chinese and Western medicine on nocturnal enuresis in children and indicators of treatment success: Randomized controlled trial. Pediatr Int. 2017 Nov;59(11):1183-1188.

Other Therapies

REFC1 Parnell Prevost C, Gleberzon B, et al. Manual therapy for the pediatric population: a systematic review. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2019 Mar 13;19(1):60.

REFC2 Caldwell PH, Nankivell G, et al. Simple behavioural interventions for nocturnal enuresis in children. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013 Jul 19;(7):CD003637.

REFC3 Huang T, Shu X, et al. Complementary and miscellaneous interventions for nocturnal enuresis in children. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2011 Dec 7;(12):CD005230.

REFC4 Kiddoo D. Nocturnal enuresis. BMJ Clin Evid. 2011 Jan 31;2011. pii: 0305.

REFC5 Kiddoo D. Nocturnal enuresis: non-pharmacological treatments. BMJ Clin Evid. 2015 Jan 13;2015. pii: 0305.

Revision Information

  • Reviewer: EBSCO NAT Review Board Eric Hurwitz, DC
  • Review Date: 11/2019
  • Update Date: 05/19/2020