Wet the beds

When visiting my cousin’s maternal grandmother one day, my mother told me that the yellow flowers we were picking were called “Wet the Beds” because that is what they made children do. Obviously I was sceptical but wary, so I threw the milky stalks down in favour of dry sheets, and she didn’t have to worry about stinky weed flowers drying out in the kitchen over the weekend. What the hey, Mum?
3yo has wet the bed a few times while we have been away, and we couldn’t figure out why. Sure, we are away from home and routine, but he is not a stressed child and has been toilet trained for both day and night for at least 6 months. I wondered if his diet could be to blame, and googled the question, but frankly I could probably google “is (insert any crazy old thing) making my kid wet the bed at night” and have anecdotes a plenty support my concerns. Anyhoo, really the only difference was dairy milk, as he did have it the first few days, which coincided with wet nights. The first day we stopped giving him milk, he stopped wetting the bed. I hope that is the simple answer and we don’t have to worry about it anymore a) during the rest of our holiday and b) when we get home.
According to ask.com:

Why Are Dandelions Referred to as Wet the Beds?
The common dandelion was referred to as ‘piss a bed’ in old English because of its diuretic properties. It increases the amount of urine produced by the kidneys.

Joy. I can only hope that I don’t perpetuate as much bullshit when I am drinking wine with friends in front of my kids. Like natural hair colour.


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