Bed wetting

Hypnosis for Children

There are many children’s problems that hypnotherapy can help with. And, the great thing is that children are usually excellent hypnotic subjects. They have such wonderful imaginations that you can induce the hypnotic state easily and rapidly by getting them, for example, to imagine taking off in a space craft or taking part in their favorite television program or movie.

A surprisingly large percentage of childhood complaints stem from unresolved emotional issues. Many children, for example, who suffer from Bronchial Asthma are anxiety-ridden, lack confidence and are dependent on one or both of their parents to an extreme degree. There may be physical factors that are directly implicated, but often the parent is told that the child will “grow out of it”. More likely the child (and maybe even the parent) simply matures enough to resolve the emotional issues that triggered the problem in the first place.   

Allergies are another problem suffered by children, and allergic reactions are often associated with stress. There can be a whole host of stressful events in a child’s life such as relations with siblings, school, dependency on a parent, fear of interaction with peer groups, and aggression towards one or both parents sometimes arising from a past traumatic event. You may have heard about an experiment carried out on children whose allergen was flower pollen. In hypnosis they were asked to smell a rose in a sealed glass jar, whereupon they immediately had an asthmatic attack. Subsequently under therapy they were instructed in ways to control, and then stop altogether, having asthmatic attacks, principally through the use of self-hypnosis.

Nail biting, stuttering, various kinds of habitual spasms, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), can all be addressed by hypnosis.

In a study on Dyslexia in 1975, Crasilneck and Hall showed that over 75% of dyslexic children can be helped with direct hypnosis. Following hypnotherapy that included suggestions for improving performance and pronunciation, recognition of words became automatic and more rapid. The results in this study were as good as, or slightly better than, those reported by special behavior modifiers.

Nocturnal Enuresis, or bed wetting, is particularly distressing to both child and parents. There are a number of possible physical causes that need to be checked out by a doctor. Equally there are a number of psychogenic factors that may play a role such as loss of a mother, sibling rivalry, emotional immaturity due to over-protection etc.

Hypnotherapy can also help other behavior disorders such as thumb sucking and examination anxiety.

And with hypnosis, there are no side effects.

Here is a list of children’s problems hypnosis is known to be able to help:

  • Bed Wetting
  • Nail Biting
  • Weight Reduction
  • Sugars
  • Nightmares
  • Stress
  • Enjoying Life
  • Fears & Phobias
  • Pain Control
  • Surviving a Divorce
  • Don’t Start Smoking
  • Conduct at Home
  • Conduct at School
  • Improved Grades
  • Improved Reading
  • Improved Writing
  • Test Anxieties
  • School Illness
  • Stuttering
  • Speak More Slowly
  • Overcoming Loudness
  • Stopping Lying
  • Stopping Stealing
  • Sports Improvement
  • Improved Coordination and sporting performance


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Hypnotherapy and Bed Wetting

In 2004, a study appeared in The Journal of Norwegian Medical Association about using hypnotherapy to treat patients with chronic nocturnal enuresis. The study consisted of 12 boys ranging in age from 8 to 16.
All of the boys had been diagnosed with primary nocturnal enuresis and four were also diagnosed with diurnal enuresis (daytime accidental urination). All 12 reported an average of 0 dry nights per week. The 12
participants also had a family history of bedwetting. The participants also had tried other forms of treatments such as the bedwetting alarm and medication.

The 12 patients underwent a medical exam prior to participating in the research study. The boys had  between 2 and 8 hypnotherapy sessions as part of the study. They also practiced self-hypnosis on their own
for about one month after their hypnosis sessions.

Two follow-ups were performed at 3 months and one year intervals after the hypnotherapy sessions. During both follow-ups, 9 out of the 12 participants reported 7 out of 7 dry nights per week. The researchers
referred the 3 patients who continued to experience bedwetting to seek additional medical or behavioral treatment.

The researchers concluded that hypnotherapy is an effective treatment for boys experiencing chronic bedwetting. They also recommend that hypnotherapy be part of the treatment for boys diagnosed with
nocturnal enuresis.
Diseth, T. H. & Vandick, I.H. (2004). Hypnotherapy in the Treatment of Refractory
Nocturnal Enuresis. The Journal of Norwegian Medical Association, 124(4). 488-91

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Hypnotherapy and Bed Wetting (Enuresis)

Bed wetting, (Enuresis), is an extremely common  problem in childhood, mostly experienced by boys.

Eventually most children will grow out of it, although it does occasionally appear in adults as well.

However, the period when a child has this problem, if left unattended, can last for several years; years that are critical to the formation of a confident, self assured adult.

Enuresis can cause embarrassment, feeling of inadequacy and can also prevent a child from enjoying a normal social life, sleeping over or going on school camps, etc.

Hynpotherapy has long been recognised as a highly effective treatment for Enuresis; as effective as drug therapies, but without side effects.

Importantly, our ability as hypnotherapists to work directly with the subconscious to identify and deal with the underlying causes of the condition in each specific case, makes hypnotherapy the ideal solution.

Many studies have been done verifying the lasting success of hypnotherapy as a treatment for Enuresis.

For example, a study published in American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis* found the following:

“Various therapeutic modalities have been used for treating enuresis due to the lack of a single identifiable cause. We carried out a comparative study of imipramine and direct hypnotic suggestions with imagery used for the management of functional nocturnal enuresis. Enuretic children, ranging in age from 5 to 16 years, underwent 3 months of therapy with imipramine (N = 25) or hypnosis (N = 25).

After termination of the active treatment, the hypnosis group continued practicing self-hypnosis daily during the follow-up period of another 6 months.

Of the patients treated with imipramine, 76% had a positive response (all dry beds); for patients treated with hypnotic strategies, 72% responded positively. At the 9-month follow-up, 68% of patients in the hypnosis group maintained a positive response, whereas only 24% of the imipramine group did.

Hypnosis and self-hypnosis strategies were found to be less effective in younger children (5-7 years old) compared to imipramine treatment. The treatment response was not related to the hypnotic responsivity of the patient in either group.”

* Banerjee S. Srivastav A. Palan BM. Hypnosis and self-hypnosis in the management of nocturnal enuresis: a comparative study with imipramine therapy. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis 1993;36(2):113-9

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