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Monday, June 27, 2011

Food Allergies and Bed Wetting

I know, I know, this is SUCH an exciting topic I'm about to discuss ;).  Yes, you read that right.  Today, I'm going to blog about bed wetting... WOOT! 

(For those of you who follow our blog, you probably faintly remember a post about Conner's food allergies.  You can read it here for some background on Conner's allergies.)

About 3 months ago, I noticed something odd with Conner.  He had eaten something with a decent amount of dairy and wheat/gluten, and wet the bed that night.  Hmmmm......  I thought it was odd, but then thought maybe it was just a coincidence.  I mentioned it to David and he thought there was no way that food allergies and bed wetting could be connected, so I just brushed it off.

A while later, Conner got in to something again that had dairy and wheat, and again, he wet the bed!   I started thinking back about his bed wetting in the past.  I realized that since we have been gluten, dairy, wheat, and peanut free, Conner had zero nighttime accidents.... until he ate something with dairy and wheat.  I was staring to think there was a connection for sure, but still wasn't convinced.  A few weeks ago, David gave Conner real yogurt that had wheat and dairy in it (cake batter yogurt).  Sure enough, Conner we the bed.  Last night at our Church celebration, I had forgotten to get the kiddos dessert and felt bad, so I let them split an ice cream sandwich and that was a big mistake.  Conner wet the bed again.  Crazy, right????  Apparently not!  Even though Conner's "allergies" are more "sensitivities" that only showed up on IgG testing, not IgE, it still effected him.

I was curious as to WHY this could happen, and found some information about the link between allergies and bed wetting.  Apparently it has not been very well researched, because I'm having a hard time coming up with actual research reports.  I did find many links discussing the possibility, though.  Here are a few links.....
Since we began the diet, the ONLY time he wet the bed was when he had consumed foods he was highly sensitive to.  Before we started the diet, he was wetting fairly often.  It seems to go together for him.  It's pretty interesting!  I'm also wondering if David has some undiagnosed food sensitivities and would like him to get tested eventually.  I noticed that David gets up at least once a night to urinate (thankfully he doesn't wet the bed ;)), and it drives him nuts. 

Anyhow, if anyone out there has a kiddo that frequently wets the bed and no medical link has been found, it couldn't hurt to have them tested for food sensitivities to rule it out. 



10 comments:

Jessica said...

Interesting! I've never heard that before!

HennHouse said...

I've never heard of it either. But now I'm beginning to wonder... My 11-year-old still wets the bed. I wonder if I should have him checked for sensitivities...

Gretchen said...

I have actually heard of this before, and had a foster kid that it REALLY affected... I had a HECK of a time convincing his state doctors. BUT when he came to us he was 11 years old and on a night time catheter bag because of excessive bed wetting. I also noticed a skin rash on his upper arms and back that everyone told me was "normal" for him. I played with his diet and found out his rash went completely away when we took dairy out.... but the interesting this is that his cath bag was always empty in the morning too after we took dairy out! Doctors did not believe me, but I told him that if he went a week with no dairy and no wet bag I would let him sleep without the bag... talk about one happy child!

Hope you figure it all out for C so he can be as free as possible! As for David.... grown men can be a bit stuborn you know.... :-)

Sarah said...

Jamie, I am so glad I found this post! One of my little guys still has night time wetting issues (it's now occasional only) and I'm now wondering if it could be something he is eating. He has multiple food allergies; peanuts being the only obvious reaction, the others he tested positive but doesn't react so we let him still eat them. I'm wondering now if perhaps they are impacting him after all. I'll be calling the allergist today; time for updated testing and perhaps some diet changes. Thanks!

Christy said...

Absolutely! Bedwetting is not the only symptom caused by food sensitivities. Recurring ear infections, night terrors, ADHD, rashes, headaches, and much more can be linked to dairy, wheat, artificial food colors, flavors, or sweeteners, preservatives, etc. More often than not, allergy testing won't show up positive, so the best method is a simple elimination trial.

Christy said...

Absolutely! Bedwetting is not the only symptom caused by food sensitivities. Recurring ear infections, night terrors, ADHD, rashes, headaches, and much more can be linked to dairy, wheat, artificial food colors, flavors, or sweeteners, preservatives, etc. More often than not, allergy testing won't show up positive, so the best method is a simple elimination trial.

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with you on this one. I have been saying the same thing to my husband for months. Noticed the same patterns with my daughter. Ice cream and pasta sauce are triggers for her. If she is suffering from out allergies sometimes she will wet the bed too. Definitely related to allergies!!

Trishell said...

Wow I am so thrilled I found this web blog!! My son is 8 and has wet the bed since birth lol. We have tried it all i feel like and have reached my wits end. I am going to take what I have learned here and start applying it to my sons diet and see what happens. We wills start with milk and then move form there. Thank you so much!!

Lara said...

I have a daughter who has Celiac and I can always tell if she has accidentally ingested gluten because she wets the bed that night. The other symptoms don't come until the next day.

Thank you for the resources, I have been researching this because I was sure there was a link.

Dance said...

we have seen this as well associated with food containing salicylates - a glass of orange juice, apple juice, or having a lot of berries over a day or two as well. Below is from the food intolerance website www.fedup.com.au

"any of the usual nasty additives - including 282, the bread preservative
salicylates - you can cut down on salicylates by drinking water instead of fruit juice or cordial, and avoiding some of the highest foods - citrus, tomatoes, broccoli and grapes, and reducing fruit intake. Or you can do the full diet. For more ideas, see one of my books
dairy foods - some people who have problems with regular cows’ milk find they are OK with A2 milk. Others may need to switch to soy or rice milk."