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A lot of parents may feel like they're "all alone" in the battle of their child who still wets the bed. That is, until they found out the most recent statistics about it. An estimated seven million children over the age of 6 still wet the bed.

Quite a few of those are still having the problem by the time they reach 15 years of age. Certainly it's tough on the child, but it can be hard for the entire family to deal with.

We turned to chiropractor Dr. Patrick Krupka, who is well known in the Houston area for helping children with this problem. He is also considered a specialist in Functional Medicine, so he tries to get to the root of the problem.

"The way it's supposed to work: kid goes to sleep at night, the bladder fills up, nerve impulses go to the brain if it's full and tell them it's time to wake up to go to the bathroom. You have to look at where in that process can something go wrong? First of all, if the bladder can't get the signal all the way to the brain, it could be a problem with the nerves. From a chiropractic stand-point, we can make adjustments to the lower back and pelvis to make sure the nerve endings are working properly, and in many cases, that's all it takes. The nerve flow reestablishes, they feel when they have to go to the bathroom, and that's what wakes them up," explains Dr. Krupka.

That's the simple solution. However, he says there's another reason many children don't wake up at night when they urinate and that's just because they're such sound sleepers.

"They are so deeply asleep, that even if the nerve impulses get to the brain, it should wake them up, they just don't wake up at all. In that case, it could be a problem with adrenal glands. (Not Addison's Disease or Cushing's Syndrome with the adrenals), but this is a child who's cortisol is not what it should be. You should make cortisol mostly in the morning, very little at night, and it really helps to set regular waking patterns. That's a child who probably has some stress issues, likely to have allergy issues, inflammatory problems, and that's a child who needs to get their adrenal glands evaluated by someone who does that through nutritional or functional medicine," says Dr. Krupka.

Find testimonials from patients who have benefited from Dr. Krupka's adjustments to prevent bedwetting at http://drkrupka.com/.

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