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Bed wetting can be an embarrassing time for many kids, especially as they head into ‘sleep over’ age with their friends and family.

If you have tried the whole “No drinks after 5pm’ or waking them up for the toilet before you go to bed  – and it’s just not working for them…

…then keep reading, as this might just be the solution.

Let’s talk about primitive reflexes and how they influence our children’s development. Primitive reflexes are developed in the womb and continue to influence baby’s movement in the first year of life. Some of these reflexes are ‘switched’ off or disappear when bubs is born (which leads to a whole other discussion if baby was delivered via c-section) and other reflexes are switched off when children reach important milestones such as strengthening of neck muscles, crawling, walking, eating solids etc.

If these primitive reflexes remain present in your child, this is when you may find signs or symptoms of visual and spatial issues, hyperactivity, learning difficulties and other developmental delays. Bed wetting is among these signs.

The important reflex related to bed wetting in older children (over 5) is called the Spinal Galant Reflex.

If your child has retained the Spinal Galant Reflex, it’s unlikely that holding off drinking before bed or other recommendations will work.

So how can you tell if your child still has retained the primitive Spinal Galant Reflex?

It’s actually a pretty simple test.

  1. Have your child get down on their hands and knees. Ensure their arms and legs are straight.

2. Take a pencil and gently run it down one side of your child spine, following from the top of the neck to their lower back in one smooth movement.

3. Repeat on the other side of the spine.

What to look for…

Look for your child’s reaction to the movement of the pencil. Indications of a retained Spinal Galant Reflex are;

  • Wriggling
  • Discomfort
  • Feeling ticklish
  • Dipping/arching of the back
  • Falling or toppling over or
  • Nervous twitch/response.

If your child has indicated any of the above reactions, it’s highly likely they have retained the Spinal Galant Reflex.

If you would like to investigate further, you can book your child in for a Kinesiology Balance at Flourish Kinesiology.