Bedwetting, Ear Infections, and Chiropractic

Nocturnal enuresis, aka bedwetting, is most prevalent in children up to 5 years of age at 5-10%. Only 3% of children age 10 have NE.

The establishment of continence is normal in children and to have it delayed for any period of time indicates an abnormal response.

The treatment of NE (bedwetting) in the traditional medical model involves either medications or a sleep alarm to wake the patient prior to voiding. Both of these avenues have shown promise when they are being used however neither are permanent solutions. They must be stopped after a certain period of time and once the treatment ends the NE (bedwetting) returns. The treatments provided by the medical system are not effective long-term treatments for bedwetting.

Due to the inability for an effective cure to be found there is reason to believe that the traditional treatments are not looking in the correct direction. Chiropractic does not look to treat any disease but to simply enable the body to function as it was meant to. a chiropractic approach involves addressing any underlying cause, specifically subluxations causing interference in the nervous system.

Studies demonstrate that chiropractic adjustments to remove vertebral subluxations result in an outcome of decreased urinary incontinence. Each of these studies reports similar findings, that after very few adjustments the frequency of bedwetting decreases dramatically.

Findings such as these show that chiropractic has an affect on the abdominal visceral organs and provides a connection with the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. The autonomic nervous system has been found to affect the entire body including the abdominal viscera, and the musculoskeletal system.

The child reported on in the study was a 12 year old adopted female who was born drug addicted with a low birth weight and suffered with ear infections and bedwetting her entire life prior to seeing a chiropractor. The girl had been under care for these conditions through traditional medical treatment procedures including 5 sets of tympanostomy tubes, antibiotics and had her tonsils removed.

The chiropractor examined the child and found abnormal posture, and structural shifts in her neck, mid and low back. These structural shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct. Following chiropractic care the ear infections and bedwetting resolved.

The researchers reviewed other studies of chiropractic which demonstrated improvements in children suffering from ear infections and bedwetting and called for more research on chiropractic, subluxation and these childhood issues.


Resolution of Otitis Media and Nocturnal Enuresis in a 12-Year-Old Patient Following Chiropractic Care to Reduce Vertebral Subluxations: A Case Study and Selected Review of the Literature. Stefanie Marko, DC & Jason Marko, DC. Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, Chiropractic ~ April 2, 2018 ~ Pages 13-25

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