Bad Habits Parents Need to be Aware of.
How many of you have ‘forced’ your child to go to the bathroom before they go out or to bed, ‘just in case’? All of us have I am sure. But this ‘forcing just in case’ can lead to destabilizing the bladder and what you are doing is training the detrusor muscle to prematurely contract.
There isn’t enough clinical evidence to support the notion that childhood toilet trips when not necessary leads to over active bladder in later years, but it is one theory.
Certain abnormalities affecting the nervous system can cause OAB such as Diabetic neuropath, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Spinal cord injury.
But don’t think for a minute that if you develop OAB you have any of the above, urinary tract infection can play a role in causing OAB, if you have stress incontinence and have got into the habit of forcing yourself to go to the toilet and destabilizing the bladder can cause OAB, sometimes the onset of OAB just happens for no apparent reason.
It is important to balance your fluid intake with an overactive bladder. Too much water can lead to frequent trips to the bathroom and too little water and lead to bladder infections.
Some known food and drinks triggers to be aware of:
Onions: Even though onions are a known cleansing agent, they can aggravate the bladder, if you have to eat them, try cooking them in water to dispense some of the agents which aggravate the bladder.
Chutneys and Sauces: There is a lot of acidity in chutneys and sauces which can affect the bladder, try to say away from heavy spiced ones and mustard.
Alcohol: Alcohol will not only stimulate the bladder, but it will dehydrate the body and relax the muscles responsible for controlling incontinence, lending a hand to uncontrollable incontinence.
Non Alcoholic Drinks: Tea, coffee, energy drinks, soda, diet drinks are stimulants and diuretics.
Fruits: Acidic fruits, tomatoes (including sauces made from tomatoes and acidic fruits) can aggravate the lining of the bladder, reacting in the bladder trying to evacuate anything that aggravates it.
Melons are diuretics.
Spicy Foods: Some spices can irritate the lining of the bladder. Stay away from chillies.
Any food which irritates the bladder should be avoided. It is a good idea to make a daily diary and not which days you are worse and look at the food system.
What can I do about reducing the amount of visits to the bathroom during the night?
Some women have benefited from the medical device IncoStress. It is always advisable to seek medical assistance.