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Bedwetting can be painful for the child and tiring for the mother. There is no question of sleepovers. All that money spent on washing could be spent on food (which is not getting cheaper). Your time spent stripping the bed, washing the sheets and making the bed again, day after day, can be spent working from home and spending quality time with your child.

My son wet the bed every day. The pediatrician told me that I did not have to worry because the bladder does not mature until the age of 7. But why didn't all the other mothers I knew have bedwetting? As a working mother, I was tired of always spending my valuable time and money washing sheets.

From experience with my son and as a kindergarten teacher in Montessori I learned three simple ways to stop bedwetting and ADHD behavior at the same time. This article will focus on a primitive reflex called the Spinal Galant Reflex.

What is that?

The Spinal Galant reflex is one of the many primitive reflexes that are present at birth. Most people are familiar with sucking and rooting, grasping (Palmar Reflex), the fright reflex (Moro Reflex). These are all important milestones in the development that doctors observe to assess the development of the child. The Spinal Galant Reflex exists to help the baby through the birth canal. A slight stroke at the bottom of the spine causes him to and immediately involuntarily move his back to that side.

This reflex is active at birth and is normally integrated and then inhibited by the age of nine months. Children who are delivered c-section often do not integrate this reflex. Unless there is intervention, the reflex remains active until adulthood. My son was delivered c-section. So it was obvious that his Spinal Galant Reflex even remained active in elementary school.

Many children who have an active Spinal Galant reflex have problems sitting in their chairs for a long time and tend to wet the bed. If you tell this child to sit up straight with his back to the chair, the chair tickles his back and finds all sorts of uncomfortable positions to prevent the chair from touching his back. This impedes his ability to pay attention in the classroom. He is then tagged as an ADHD child.

An active Spinal Galant reflex can cause bedwetting because contact with the bedding causes that reflex. Tickling can have the same effect. At the kindergarten where I worked for three years, several children with active Spinal Galant reflexes could not sit long. It seemed that their bottoms were spring loaded. They worked and ate upright at the table. During the circle they rolled on the floor instead of sitting on their bottoms. They also tended to wear their pants like a plumber - below the waist. Those who were diapers tended to wet the bed during sleep time.

We did a simple rocking exercise in which we moved the children's hips back and forth while the children lay face down on the bed every day during a nap. We call it the wobble worm. This exercise comes from Rhythmic Movement Training and helps integrate the Spinal Gallant reflex. After a few months of this rocking, the reflex was integrated and bedwetting stopped. I also do this exercise with my son. It helps calm him down. He can now sit a whole meal. He can even complete an entire homework assignment in one go. He rarely makes the bed wet anymore.