NLQ Question of the Week: Why Ignore Troubling Signs in Children?

NLQ Question of the Week: Why Ignore Troubling Signs in Children? February 18, 2016

QuestionoftheweekThis is a new series we have started running on Thursdays. Examining some of the questions involving long held Quiverfull theology and life.

Recently as I’ve dug through the message board postings for Debi Pearls book ‘Preparing To Be A Help Meet’ for NLQ’s feature Answering ‘Preparing To Be A Help Meet’ I’ve come across many very disturbing postings where young ladies are asking about things like being healed of poor vision instead of going to the eye doctor for an examination and glasses.

Yesterday I ran across this:

Hi my name is Talia i am 14 and i wet the bed. Up until I was 7 or 8 i never did it and then all of the sudden I just started. I used to do it every night till I was like 12 and a half but know it is only once every 2 to 3 weeks but still i reeeally want to stop it i have looked up everything there is and i don’t drink anything after 7pm and i go to bed at 10pm or a little later. PLEASE HELP!

The surprising thing that leads me to question why things like this get ignored is the answers given to the questioner. Many of them involved someone else that could not control their bladder as a young adult in the night.  Only a few suggested going to a doctor for a physical, which is really where she should start in the first place, not with all the tips and tricks people were posting to help her stop peeing the bed. One person did mention that this can be a sign of developing life threatening diabetes.

Why is it so acceptable to ignore symptoms of serious physical or physiological problems in the world of Quiverfull? For people that claim to be all about their children they seem to be curiously reluctant to ever involve professionals that could help.

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