FLORIDA: When I learned I was pregnant, my mother told me, “Congratulations. Now you won’t wet the bed anymore.” I didn’t. When my son was desperate to quit bedwetting, he heard that honey would help. He hated honey, but took a teaspoon every night before bedtime. I don’t remember how long he had to suffer, but eventually, he stopped wetting the bed.
TEXAS: My teenage grandson had the same problem, and nothing his doctor recommended helped. My daughter found a bedwetting alarm online that trains the brain to wake up when there is an urge to urinate. After all the years of bedwetting, it only took three days before my grandson had a wet-free night and about a week before the problem was solved completely.
ITHACA, N.Y.: I wanted to add to your list of suggestions that this fellow seek out a chiropractor who has a proven track record with correcting nocturnal enuresis (nighttime bedwetting). The chiropractor would be able to determine whether the enuresis is coming from spinal nerve interference. If so, then the man is in the right place for permanent correction of a problem whose solution will not be found with medications. I have been fortunate enough to have helped a half dozen people with this problem who suffered needlessly for years because they did not know that a qualified chiropractor could help.
CHICAGO: We had that same problem in our family for years, and a friend told us that it could be due to a dairy allergy. After removing all dairy from his diet, our son stopped wetting the bed within 24 hours. Dairy hides in lots of foods, so be sure to read the ingredients and look for anything with milk, casein, cheese, sour cream, whey or yogurt. For some reason, butter and goat cheese were not a problem.
Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column.