How to Help your Child Overcome Bedwetting (Nocturnal Enuresis)

Acupuncture for Bedwetting

Bedwetting (nocturnal enuresis) refers to children three years of age or older who involuntarily and unconsciously urinate during their sleep. Many children and their families experience bedwetting at some stage and while it rarely has lasting effects and generally resolves over time, it may make your child feel embarrassed or ashamed (1).

Bedwetting in Chinese medicine

In Chinese medicine, bedwetting is most commonly associated with a weakness of the Kidney function. The Kidney and bladder are the representative organs of the Water element, the element that governs courage and willpower.

What to Do When Your Child Wets The Bed?

It is very important to create a circle of support for your child involving every member of family:

  • Always be patient and encourage your child. Make sure everyone including the siblings understand that making fun of the situation, or getting frustrated or angry may make the situation get worse.
  • Emphasize the positives, the good nights. Get your child onboard your treatment plan (which may include toilet and drinking habits, diet, massage, wetting alarms).
  • Use protection (pads, covers) for the bed as this may help you relax you in the process of your child getting dry.  

Acupuncture, Acupressure and Tui Na Massage for Children

Chinese medicine offers a multitude of very gentle modalities that can support children. Here at the Bright Side Family Acupuncture in Brisbane, we see little patients of any age from babies to teenagers and treatments may include acupuncture, acupressure or gentle Tui Na massage, moxibustion and cupping depending on the child’s needs and preferences. Paediatric appointments are of shorter duration (30min). Often the parents receive instructions from me how to follow an acupressure/massage routine at home, possibly as part of their bedtime routine in between their regular appointments, to achieve the best outcomes.

Do you have questions whether acupuncture, acupressure or Tui Na massage are suitable for your child’s needs? Please contact our Brisbane clinic and I will be happy to have a chat with you!


Bedwetting. Children’s Hospital General Medicine department. Reviewed July 2020. Retrieved from




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