Bed-Wetting – Could it be a Food Allergy?

May 8th, 2013

Bed-wetting can be the result of allergens, most commonly food allergens. A dairy allergy, which is considered a food allergy, is the most common cause.



You know your child’s history. The bed-wetting was one thing when he was a baby and then when he was a toddler. But he’s still having accidents and he’s 7 or 8. You’ve tried all the tricks: waking him in the middle of the night; not letting him have anything to drink for at least two hours before bedtime; making him urinate repeatedly in the hour before bedtime, and he still has accidents.

That’s because bed-wetting, also known as nocturnal enuresis, is often an allergic response much like sneezing stimulated by an allergen.

500 Bed-Wetting Kids Proved It
Dr. James C. Breneman conducted a study of 65 bed-wetters.* He found that every single one of the participants had complete elimination of the problem by avoiding the specific foods to which they were allergic. He subsequently treated more than 500 kids and found that eight out of nine of them were allergic to some food. For 60% of them the allergen was cow’s milk. Milk allergy and dairy allergy are the most common allergen causes, followed by eggs, cereal grains, citrus fruit, corn and pork.

But, in your search for the source, don’t ignore the seasons The allergen can also be seasonal, like pollen in the spring.

What Happens to an Allergen-Attacked Bladder? 
The allergic response to the allergen is simple: the bladder becomes rigid, and loses its elasticity. It can no longer expand to hold the urine. The volume of liquid it can hold becomes significantly limited, sometimes by as much as 50%. The allergen causes inflammation which triggers the void reflex. The reaction is sudden and cannot be anticipated. During the day, the person can run to the bathroom, but nighttime is a different story.

Be a Detective
Watch your child. Is the bed-wetting seasonal, or after a particular snack? Ice cream?

Is your child addicted to a particular food, like milk or noodles? Test your findings by eliminating that food from his diet. Go dairy free for two weeks. Then try an egg free diet. Don’t trust your pediatrician to know. Go to an allergist.

For more information, read Nutrition and Healing and visit the Food Allergies Resources

*Basics of Food Allergy, by Dr. James C. Breneman