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Is occasional bedwetting at age 5 likely to be food allergy related?

Posted by Ellie K on May 09, 2002 at 13:01:09:

Hi again Walt.

I've read out of curiosity the archives about bedwetting , because my 5-year-old son has occasional, unpredictable nighttime "accidents." The interval can vary between days and weeks. If he's gone a couple weeks without incident then has an accident, it's likely to happen again over the next few days, then not at all for at least another week thereafter. (BTW, he's been toilet trained reliably, otherwise, since 2.5 years). Most other "experts" say not to worry about enuresis until age 7 or so, but of course we'd all like to be free of this inconvenience sooner if there's an underlying cause other than maturity.

Our son had a tonsillectomy one year ago for obstructed nighttime breathing (we could hear him snore from down the hall, through closed doors!), and that reduced the frequency of enuresis from several episodes a week to the present pattern. So I think poor sleep was a contributor, but not the only factor.

Our son's doctor checked him for pinworms at his 5-year-old well-child check-up, and he was negative. Also, he doesn't seem to scratch, nor complain of rectal itching.

Our son consumes wheat and milk products daily, so the episodes don't seem to correspond to variance in use of these foods. Given that, do you think that intermittent, rather than constant, nighttime enuresis be likely to be related to allergy to these foods? Or should we start looking at something else?

Lastly, do you know of any published references to support the food allergy/enuresis connection?

Thanks, as always!
Ellie K



Re: Is occasional bedwetting at age 5 likely to be food allergy related?

Posted by Laura S. on May 09, 2002 at 16:57:03:

In Reply to: Is occasional bedwetting at age 5 likely to be food allergy related? posted by Ellie K on May 09, 2002 at 13:01:09:

Hi Ellie:

My son also had infrequent but annoying enuresis at that age and it was milk that was the culprit, but only during pollen season (his worst allergy time). Milk seems to be one of the things that sends him over the edge when he's under siege by pollen.

Good luck!

Laura

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Re: Is occasional bedwetting at age 5 likely to be food allergy related?

Posted by Raisa on May 09, 2002 at 17:03:47:

In Reply to: Is occasional bedwetting at age 5 likely to be food allergy related? posted by Ellie K on May 09, 2002 at 13:01:09:

Hi, Ellie K. -
Although this is probably not the case at all, I just want to be sure that your son has been tested for diabetes. This was the first symptom my son had (at 6), and I ignored it, thinking it was that he was under stress from moving to a new home. He also had only occasional bedwetting, and then started being very hungry and thirsty, etc. later on.
As I said, this would be a very unusual cause but worth having a urine test if he hasn't already. Raisa

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Re: Is occasional bedwetting at age 5 likely to be food allergy related?

Posted by Barb on May 10, 2002 at 02:12:51:

In Reply to: Is occasional bedwetting at age 5 likely to be food allergy related? posted by Ellie K on May 09, 2002 at 13:01:09:

Hi Ellie,
Wheat and Dairy products cause allergies. You might try taking your son off of them for a month and see the results. Substitute brown rice for wheat.....
My 4 year old grandson loves almond milk instead of regular milk. You can also try rice or oat milk.

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Is occassional bedwetting at age 5 likely to be food allergy related? (Archive.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on May 10, 2002 at 12:01:20:

In Reply to: Is occasional bedwetting at age 5 likely to be food allergy related? posted by Ellie K on May 09, 2002 at 13:01:09:

Hi, Ellie K.

Listen to Laura S, particularly since her example is very close to the one I use to make the point in my book. There is even a graph.

The first thing for you to do is start a careful diary of everything he puts in his mouth and when he has his accidents. This may take you a few months but, if this IS the problem, that is the best way to tell.

His tonsillectomy makes this a lot more likely cause.

Rememger that foods are only the easiest environmental allergens to change. This could even be dust mites only when he eats corn (for example). Or even corn and dust mites only when he is exposed to electromagnetic fields, etc.



Re: Is occassional bedwetting at age 5 likely to be food allergy related? (Archive.)

Posted by Ellie K on May 10, 2002 at 13:17:26:

In Reply to: Is occassional bedwetting at age 5 likely to be food allergy related? (Archive.) posted by Walt Stoll on May 10, 2002 at 12:01:20:

Thanks, everyone.
I've read Walt's book, and this does make sense, as an example of the "potato allergy" phenomenon. Looks like it's complicated, and even if we carefully track food allergies, it might not be enough. The intermittent nature of the problem suggests there is some combination of factors here. I'll see what we can figure out with a little detective work!
Thanks!
Ellie K

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