When a child accidentally leaks urine it is called incontinence. When this happens at night, while the child is asleep, it is called enuresis, or bed-wetting. Bedwetting is typically not considered to be a problem until after age 7. Bedwetting in children is often simply a result of immaturity. The age at which children become able to control their bladders during sleep is variable.
How can physical therapy help?
With physical therapy, we focus on the pelvic muscles and provide appropriate exercises to help improve your child’s bedwetting. We usually focus on:
- Behavior modification
- Dry morning program
- Bladder retraining
- Soft tissue work
- Diet modifications
- Coordination of pelvic floor muscles via Biofeedback
We teach regular bowel and bladder habits with an emphasis on a complete emptying of the bladder to restore bladder homeostasis while reducing the risk of urinary tract infections and kidney infections/scarring. Contact us for more information.