Natural Remedy as Bedwetting Cure
If you are a parent who has a child who is wetting the bed you might want to try this old folk remedy shared in the following article. There are many bedwetting stories which provide advice and how to’s, but this one is especially sweet.
A Spoonful of Honey
By Toria Betson
My mother’s idea for curing my bedwetting accidents was to cut my hair each time I wet the bed.
I was in 6th grade, and my next-door neighbor and I were competitors for the longest hair in the grade school. The Sonny and Cher show was airing at that time, and like so many girls, we dreamed of looking like Cher. I saw myself as a scrawny kid, with thin lips, and a large nose, and felt certain my long dark hair was my only redeeming feature. I was so proud of my hair, which was long enough to sit on.
Each day my hair was cut an inch shorter. My younger brother told the other kids in our neighborhood what was going on, so it wasn’t long before children at school were pointing at me and laughing.
When my hair became too short for her comfort, my mother took me to the doctor. He told her to try giving me a teaspoonful of honey each night, instead of cutting my hair. Not only was the treatment yummy, it worked!
There are two primary types of nocturnal enuresis, or bedwetting. The majority of children fall under the primary nocturnal enuresis category. These are the children that have never completely controlled their bedwetting. Primary nocturnal enuresis is often inherited.
I had the other type, secondary nocturnal enuresis. When a child starts bedwetting after having stopped completely, they may fall in this category. In secondary nocturnal enuresis, the bedwetting may be caused by something physical, or there may be some source of stress in their life. My problem was stress. Needless to say, cutting my hair only made it worse.
Honey is one of nature’s greatest gifts; It’s chock full of nutrition, and works as a remedy for a myriad of ailments. I looked it up for bedwetting, to see if there was anything to my doctor’s cure.
Lo and behold, honey is an old folk remedy that has been used for bedwetting all around the world. In Ayurvedic medicine, it’s said honey works because it acts as a sedative.
I had always suspected the doctor’s “spoonful of honey” worked on me because of the placebo effect, but I’m not surprised to find there may be valid claims to its effectiveness.
I still like to think it was my doctor’s way of saying, “Try a little sweetness.”