Recently, I had a good friend call me to tell me about her 9 year old daughter. She told me that she stopped buying cow’s milk for her family and picked up some almond milk instead to try. She said that in the past three weeks since her daughter has not had any cow’s milk, she has not wet the bed. The bedwetting has been an ongoing problem for my friend’s 9 year old daughter. Bless my friend’s heart that she does not make a big deal about the bedwetting since she knows it isn’t her daughter’s fault. She knows her daughter does not want to wet the bed and feels embarrassed about it but did not know how to help her… until now.
After 3 weeks of not drinking cow’s milk and not wetting the bed, that all changed one day. My friend has stopped buying boxes of cereal in the cereal aisle at the grocery store since she is informed about all of the chemicals and junk in commercial cereal. Her mom happened to have a box of this preservative-filled cereal and did not like it. She asked if she could give it to my friend’s kids and my friend said “okay,” against her better judgement. Her mom also had cow’s milk that she passed along with the cereal. My friend had run out of almond milk and her kids were begging her to have some of this delicious cereal laden with chemicals. So, my friend thought, “what the heck, it’s only this one time.”
The kids had the cereal with the cow’s milk this past Saturday, Sunday and Monday mornings. Well, guess what else happened on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday mornings? My friend’s daughter woke up with a soaking wet bed! She also has eczema and a rash broke out on her hand as well. The only thing that changed in this little girl’s diet was the cereal and cow’s milk! For the three weeks she was off cow’s milk, she stayed completely dry at night and did not have any rashes.
My friend did not let her daughter have the cereal with cow’s milk on the fourth morning and guess what? Her daughter did not wet her bed the next morning! Coincidence? I don’t think so!
When I researched why cow’s milk can cause bedwetting, I could not find very much information about it. I did find out that different food sensitivities (i.e. dairy, gluten, etc.) can cause a person to sleep too deeply therefore not wake up to go to the bathroom. Some people think that drinking milk right before bed helps you fall asleep faster and sleep better. For those with a dairy allergy, you may want to re-think this theory.
It’s all about the journey…