Raising a child has its fair share of challenges, but add bowel or bladder issues and it can seem overwhelming. Incontinence, difficulty urinating and constipation are common in children.
- Urinary incontinence is the clinical term for bedwetting and urine leakage during the day. Studies show that incontinence alone may occur in up to 30% of normally developing children.
- Constipation can occur for many reasons such as diet, stress, physical problems and withholding.
- Withholding is when a child ignores the urge to relieve themselves. This may occur when having fun playing, in a new environment and not sure where to go or who to ask. If left unaddressed, these problems can lead to embarrassment, depression and social isolation.
Treatments to help your child
The good news is that there are treatments available to help with these problems. Many children and families benefit from working with a pelvic health physical therapist.
Physical therapy is a non-invasive approach that can be very effective in helping your child gain control and independence with bowel and bladder function. Therapy may include relaxation activities, bladder retraining, and lots of education. A home program will allow parents to continue working with their child outside of and after therapy.
To learn more about treating childhood incontinence and bowel problems, contact Woman’s Center for Wellness at 225-924-8450 or email us.