Hypnosis to treat Bedwetting

Cochrane reviewed 3 trials in regards to hypnosis. This includes guiding the child through the anatomy of the body and the brain-bladder connection, visualization, relaxation, and also, self-hypnosis.  One trial compared hypnosis versus Imipramine  After stopping Imipramine, 19 of the 25 children started wetting again and of the hypnotic group, only 8 out of the 25 started wetting again.  It’s unknown if the patient continued self-hypnosis. A second study showed that hypnosis was less effective than alarm therapy during treatment and after stopping treatment.  The third trial did not allow for statistical analysis.  Overall, the limitation was the lack of a specific treatment plan.  Therefore, it cannot be reproducible.

My thoughts: I don’t think there is enough evidence to support this treatment plan. Even if there was I would have a hard time recommending a person that practices hypnosis in my community. I suspect that finding someone with credentials and a high success rate specific to bedwetting would be very difficult.

Huang, T., Shu, X., Huang, Y. S., & Cheuk, D. K. (2011). Complementary and miscellaneous interventions for nocturnal enuresis in children. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. doi:10.1002/14651858.cd005230.pub2

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