Bedwetting and Methylation

shutterstock_278031329Babies wear diapers because they aren’t capable of controlling their bladders. As they grow into toddlers and children, their nervous system develops and the bedwetting typically slows and then stops all together.

A known cause of bedwetting is a slowed development of the  central nervous system. In this study, researchers showed that children who wet the bed had lower levels of Vitamin B12 and folates compared to the control group. What is a crucial component to a healthy nervous system? That’s right, Vitamin B12 and folates! If efficient methylation isn’t happening, specifically at the MTHFR gene, the Vitamin B’s and folates aren’t being produced, absorbed or assimilated properly and therefore aren’t available to build a strong, healthy nervous system.

The younger your child is, the more they are developing. The more they are developing, the more methylation they are using and the more methylation they use, the more nutrients they need to support that methylation. If the nutrients aren’t accessible in their life, or if their genes aren’t able to properly use those nutrients, you will start to see breakdowns in their body functions. Perhaps even bed wetting.

Things to Try:

  • Working with a knowledgeable practitioner to optimize methylation
  • Supplementing with B12 and folates
  • Identifying any food allergies that may be contributing (gluten and dairy are typically key players)
  • Determine if it may be side effects from medications

 


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