A reader's 9-year-old daughter is struggling with bed wetting from time to time, and the reader believes it may be in the family, having had the same problem as a child (and well into the teen years). Does anyone know of alternative remedies to combat this condition? First of all, check your child's intake of dairy produce. In particular, overuse of milk can generate blocked ears and noses and contributes to bed-wetting in older children. It could be another food sensitivity as well (wheat, eggs, corn, chocolate); these can irritate the bladder and cause it to swell, so do an elimination test and see if you can find the culprit. Carbonated drinks can have a similar effect. Avoid nitrates (check your water source for these); also check to see if your daughter has worms. Lumbar massage may help to stimulate the nerves in the bladder, and cranial osteopathy helped one reader's child. Traditional Chinese medicine employs Equisetum, which helps with bladder complaints and anxiety. Also try these Australian remedies: red helmet, dog rose, and bush gardenia. Other suggestions include a blended formula of beth root, yarrow, sumac berries, agrimony and white pond lily (see a herbalist for dosing and preparation) and the following Bach remedies: cherry plum, mimulus, and star of Bethlehem. Several people suggested restricting fluid intake close to bedtime. However, another reader suggested something that worked with her 12-year-old son: not restricting drinks in the evening and also making sure your child has sufficient drinks during the day (this is hard to monitor while children are in school). The reasoning behind this: The brain must become trained to recognise a full bladder so that during the night it doesn't respond to messages from the bladder. If your daughter isn't drinking enough, the urine is very concentrated and will irritate the bladder, which will send signals to the brain to empty before it is actually full. Finally, if you're going away someplace where the wetting may be noticed, encourage her to wear 'night pants' so there is less drama over the problem, which is emotionally upsetting for the child.