This article is part from a set dedicated to the most common urinary problems.
The set provides information about the homeopathic treatment of involuntary urination in children (enuresis), inflammation of the kidneys (nephritis), inflammation of the bladder (cystitis), and other related urinary disorders.
Enuresis of Children
Many children suffer from involuntary passage of urine at night, during sleep. Some of them continue to wet the bed during the puberty period and even to adulthood.
It is very difficult for children to overcome this poor habit for it happens during the time when mind is ruled by the unconscious. After the age of 3 and half years this condition is called enuresis and considered as pathology.
Sometimes there are physical pathologies that cause enuresis, like inflammation of urine organs and passages, acute diseases, immaturity of the sphincters, etc. But in most of the children bed wetting is predisposed by over excitement of the nervous system due to factors like fears, unsatisfied desires, or other strong emotions.
Crucial point in treatment of bladder incontinence is to find the exciting cause which forced the rise of this disorder. This is generally valid for homeopathic treatment of all diseases. By removing or treating the cause we most certainly are getting near to the real endurable cure.
However this is easier said than done.
Bellow are described the homeopathic remedies which are most commonly prescribed for nocturnal enuresis in children, in potencies higher than 30 C. The local and general physical symptoms of the remedies are presented from the perspective of their affection on the urinary tract.
Also the some of the important mental and emotional characteristics and the causing factors for the pathology of each remedy should be considered in order to have homeopathic similimum of the case, which as pointed above is a key-stone for successful cure. Many other remedies are able to cure nocturnal enuresis, when the underlying factor for it is found in their picture. Therefore again, the careful examination of the patient history is essential.
Local & General Symptoms
The child has light hair, blue eyes, fine complexion, delicate skin; it is highly sensitive, nervous, has restless sleep.
It suddenly starts, is moaning and screaming; the involuntary urination happens in deep sleep. Often is developed scrofulous enlargement of cervical glands, submaxillary glands.
The child wets the bed after midnight or towards morning. There is constant urging to urinate. The urine is dribbling, burning the urethra. Sometimes the urine is retained spasmodically, other times is passed involuntary. They dream that are urinating.
The urine spurts from mere motion, while standing or walking. When chilled, the child passes urine involuntary. Retention of urine; paralysis of bladder; frequent and profuse urinating; urine is dark and cloudy, copious at night.
Mental & Emotional State
Child is very impressionable; the reaction to occurrences is very intense, even violent. Gets hallucinations easily, especially during fever; may fall into delirium state with violent movements, loud intensive talking; is liable to seizure. Often strikes, bites, kicks. Has fear of dogs and insects. Sees faces on closing the eyes; has desire for light.
Many factors may cause condition of Belladonna, like wetting the head, exposure to sun, walking in wind. It is one of the main homeopathic remedies for acute diseases of children which commence suddenly, usually at night and violent fever. Most of the causing factors, as you can see, are in the physical sphere.
Belladonna is acute remedy for the constitutions of Calcarea carbonica and Sulphur, therefore in bed wetting cases those two remedies must be consideration with relation to underlying constitutional and miasmatic points.
Perhaps one particular and uncommon cause is the cutting of hair (Glonoinum, Phosphorus, Sepia). However it is seen mostly when the head is affected.
Local & General Symptoms
Children with black hair and eyes pass urine unconsciously during their first sleep, or in cold weather; day and night, or when coughing or sneezing.
Nocturnal epilepsy with enuresis. Weakness or paralysis of single parts: face, anus, bladder, etc. Expectoration slips back. Anus prolapsed on coughing. Urine spurts on coughing. Paresis of vocal cords.
It is very difficult to wake the child. It it passes urine unconsciously, without sensing the stream. Wets the bed in the first sleep (Sepia, Kreosotum).
Worse from cold dry weather, from wind. Worse in clear fine weather. Better in wet weather. Worse when the weather changes.
Mental & Emotional State
The child doesn’t want to go to bed alone. Fear when closing the eyes, as a manifestation of the fear to be alone; child fears to go to bed alone. Sees frightful images when closing the eyes.
It is very sympathetic when hearing other children cry. Cannot support injustice, is very sensitive to authorities. Repeats the question before answering it. Has a disposition to contradict everything parents say or do. Weeps at the least worry. Starts from sleep.
The condition of Causticum can be predisposed by prolonged grief, long standing sorrow. There are other reasons also, like suppressed eruptions, burns, long lasting diseases, a fright; but the prolonged grief is the key exciting cause for the development of the pathology of Causticum.