This may or may not be something that is already part of your awareness. The first time I realized I wasn't the only one experiencing this "phenomenon" was when I was listening to a podcast on The Paleo Parents when Stacy mentioned she had experienced this with one of her children. I would like to make a quick note that I have no issues with raw dairy consumption IF it is tolerated. Pasteurized dairy is a whole other topic that I have no interest in getting into here.
I have now seen a connection with bed wetting (or not being dry at night if still in nappies) and both my sons. It took us over 2 years to figure out with our first son and lots of food trials and removals. With my second son I saw it within a night of introducing butter into my diet. He is exclusively breast fed.
This is not something I have done extensive research on as I have gotten to a point with our health that I just pay attention to our individual symptoms and adjust as necessary. I am sharing this in the hopes that it might help one other person with the trails and tribulations that go with a toddler (or older child) and bed wetting. That being said, after a quick search there seems to be a couple sites dedicated to sharing this information. One of them is Not Milk (they may have an agenda of their own, I will leave that to you to figure out but the few links I checked seemed solid - I did not do an in depth reading however). Another quick article offering a personal experience is on The Enlightened Homemaker.
The Enlightened Homemaker's conversation with her ND echo's the exact words from my ND in a recent conversation. I asked out of pure curiosity and she said "Yes, I see it often." I explained my recent trial of butter with my exclusively breast fed little one and she just nodded. She wasn't surprised at all and encouraged me to just use ghee. I also shared with her that even homeopathic cell salts would cause this reaction in my older child (a theory I have had homeopaths scoff at -- she did not). Cell salts are lactose pills.
With our oldest we practiced Elimination Communication (EC). He had a LOT of wet nappies and as he got older it got better. There was a point around 1 or 1.5 where he was dry all day and went to the potty when he needed to pee. But at night, he would wet the bed. I knew he knew how to go pee and to hold it because he did it during the day. This went on for months. We were doing just butter at that point (I crave it and it's the only dairy I miss) and upon cutting that out he was dry within a day. No more bed wetting. Just like that. Since then, if he is exposed to dairy (very rare) he will still wet the bed. Coincidence, I think not. With Wee Man I have never had an issue with multiple wet nappies at night. Upon trialing butter in my diet (mind you, he was not even eating it) we had 5 wet nappies in 6 hours and a very grumpy mum from lack of sleep.
So, if your child lives with bed wetting, you have my complete sympathy and understanding. But, there is a chance you can help your child within just a couple days by completely removing dairy. There isn't really a downside and it may be something you haven't tried. If the wetting doesn't stop, you can go back to dairy. Now, you will likely want to remove the dairy for 21 days to a full month just to be sure. But I would be willing to bet you will see a difference in a matter of days. It doesn't seem to be a food intolerance with my boys. It shows up that night and not days later. Then they are back to normal in a day or two with the second night post exposure being less. It did take me 2 nights to see it with Wee Man in it's fully glory. We had a few more wet diapers the first trial night but it was the second trial night that solidified my conclusion.
I hope this is useful for someone. If you have any questions please feel free to email me or comment!
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Hi there, Wysteria here. I will be writing as regularly as possible on behalf of my family and regarding our adventures in farming, food, health and things of the like. My interest range widely and my brain wanders far. Namaste.