Could a Cure for Bedwetting be found in the Gut?

It’s no secret that bedwetting is a sleep disorder but the research has been unclear as to whether or not it’s inherited. The thought has been that bedwetting (a.k.a. primary nocturnal enuresis) most likely is inherited because it tends to run in families.  Well now comes along new research about the role of prebiotics.

If you haven’t heard the word “probiotics” then you most likely don’t know what “prebiotics” are. Prebiotics occur naturally in some healthy foods like  apples, peas, asparagus and many other fiber-rich foods and provide an environment for probiotics to grow. Probiotics nourish the healthy bacteria in your gut and are the center of a new ideology for curing many diseases from allergies to cancer.

What’s s interesting and relevant to bedwetting is a January 2017 study (1) showing that prebiotics improved R.E.M. (rapid eye movement) sleep in lab animals.

One of the hallmarks of the type of bedwetting that DryKid clients have is deep sleep. Deep sleep is non-R.E.M. sleep and serves the purpose of restoring the body during sleep. R.E.M. sleep restores the mind and is lacking in enuretic children.

It’s been long known that children should eat a well balanced diet. This research provides evidence that not only does eating right help children grow up to be strong and healthy adults but it also normalizes  sleep and may play a role in correcting bedwetting





How is constipation related to bedwetting?

Most kids who wet the bed are deep sleepers. They just can’t wake up! These are the kids that has been helping since 2008. DryKid Training is almost 100% effective in about 90 days. This is not a guarantee. No one can legitimately guarantee results. But this is the effectiveness rate we’ve been experiencing and we’re proud of it.

Occasionally, we come across a kid who has constipation and this is important. Not only can constipation be related to bedwetting but it can have long term health consequences as well. The relationships to constipation is simply due to the location of the lower bowel and the bladder. The lower part of the large intestine is right behind the bladder. Therefore, if this intestinal tube is full it can press on the bladder and cause unwanted urination. Typically, if this is the cause of bedwetting the child will also experience wetting during the day. This is the reason we ask if your child is dry during the day on our Can DryKid Training Help? questionnaire.

If the pressure on the bladder by a full intestine is causing bedwetting then we advise parents to take steps to remedy the constipation first. Some parents do this by adding fiber to the child’s diet but as a caution, this can make the constipation worse because for fiber to be effective, it must be consumed with large amounts of water (and this is the most common mistake parents make in attempting to treat bedwetting – they restrict liquids – which doesn’t work!).

So, if your child suffers from both constipation and bedwetting with wetting during the day, our advice is to seek the guidance of your child’s doctor who may recommend dietary changes, stool softeners and/or other natural remedies that are effective in restoring normal bowel movements.

If your still not certain if your child would benefit from DryKid Training, click on the link in this post. We will review your answers and let you know. You might like to also join our DryKid Training page on Facebook @drykidtraining

Written and contributed by Dr. Richard Parenti, Founder of and Dry Kid Academy, Inc. (an educational nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families with a child who wets the bed at night).

Even doctors don’t like prescribing for bedwetting…

One of the drugs that doctors can (but don’t like to) prescribe for bedwetting is Amitriptyline. Don’t blame your M.D. for not wanting to give your child this drug. Take a look at the list of the side effects for this antidepressant below. If you still want to know more, click the picture.Amitriptyline-pic.10mg-tablets-on-a-white-background

Testicular swelling

Interference with sexual function

Elevation or lowering of blood sugar levels


Blurred vision

Suicidal behaviors


Urinary retention

Libido fluctuations

Disturbed concentration

Increased appetite

Weight gain


Skin rashes

Sensitivity to sunlight

Breast enlargement

Heart problems

Ringing in ears

Bone marrow depression


Lack of sleep




Abnormal milk discharge from the breast

Dry mouth


Confusional states


Itchy skin rash

Edema of face



Loss of appetite

Upset stomach



DryKid Training works in about 90 days for most kids, even when parents have tried all the other things INCLUDING restricting liquids, waking at night, or an alarm! Learn the rules you need to follow and the procedures you can do at home with your child to start seeing results in the first two weeks of training!

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Underdeveloped Bladder? Seriously?

Another excuse for not doing anything about bedwetting has become popular in recent years.

“Your child’s bladder is underdeveloped and that’s why he wets the bed. Just restrict liquids and wait until he outgrows it.”


(click on word if you need the definition)

The bladder is a muscle and just like any muscle, it needs excercise. If it doesn’t get used it gets smaller and weaker. But you can’t take your child’s bladder to the gym so what do you d0? Start drinking! (not alcohol – water.)

Everybody knows that water is good for you and everybody says you need it to survive. Well, you know how the bladder stores urine? Well, if you restrict liquids it can’t do that. Storing urine is like taking the bladder to the gym. Using it to store urine will stretch the muscular walls of the bladder, thus making is stronger and more able to hold urine, even at night. This is one of the concepts that DryKid Training uses to get most kids dry in about 90 days. It’s just that simple.

Bedwetting Schmedwetting – Out do it. Not outgrow it.

The more I see what’s still out there about bedwetting the more disappointed I become. I’ve helped hundreds of families out-do bedwetting in their children. Is it possible that we still really believe that restricting liquids has anything at all to do with bedwetting? Doctors, why are you still advising your parents to “wait until (s)he outgrows it!” Waiting doesn’t cure bedwetting. Restricting liquids doesn’t cure bedwetting. Medication doesn’t even cure bedwetting. What does? Training. It’s that simple. There are a few rules and a few tools to use but it can be done! (Yes, with a bedwetting alarm – but watch the video to learn what type).

It takes a little time to out-do bedwetting. It doesn’t go away overnight. The quickest I’ve seen a kid get dry was 2 weeks. But the norm is more like 90 days (3 months). Some kids take a little longer, too. But that’s okay. If it goes longer than average, we should also look at other potential causes (e.g. food allergy). But the bottom line is, DO SOMETHING about bedwetting. The longer it continues the greater the likelihood of the ‘secret’ getting out.

A short post today because I spent the majority of the day working on the video. I hope you like it.



Is bedwetting inherited?

Bedwetting is kind of inherited, but not exactly.

Sometimes a kid that wets the bed has a parent or grandparent that also wet the bed but since bedwetting (which is also called enuresis [en-your-ee-sis]) is a sleep disorder, it’s more common to see other sleep disorders such as snoring, sleep apnea and narcolepsy. It’s nice to know the cause of bedwetting because bedwetting can be caused by a medical condition. However, this is rare. A clue that bedwetting may be due to a medical condition is that there is a period of waking up dry (e.g. several months) before the bedwetting began again.

To read more about sleep disorders click here.