Many children and their families suffer from anxiety, embarrassment and shame surrounding problems caused by bowel and bladder dysfunction. Many times, these issues are not discussed with healthcare professionals and therefore go untreated. The causes of pediatric bowel and bladder issues are many. They can be related to environmental or psychological factors or be due to an immature part of the nervous system that controls the bladder. Problems can also be caused by the pelvic muscles being too active and in spasm, too tight and weak. The bowel and bladder share similar nerves so oftentimes, children with bowel issues also have bladder issues. Typically, most children are toilet-trained by the age of 4 with few accidents. If this is not the case, it can greatly affect the quality of life for the whole family.

Disorders:

  • Daytime wetting (urinary incontinence), urgency- loss of urine
  • Overactive bladder
  • Constipation/pain with bowel movements: having less than 3 bowel movements a week
  • Bedwetting (enuresis): nighttime loss of urine
  • Fecal incontinence: loss of feces with or without staining
  • Urinary/fecal retention: not fully emptying bladder/bowel
  • Frequent UTIs

Symptoms:

  • Using the restroom more than 8x/day or less than 4x/day
  • Wetting the bed over the age of 5
  • Leg crossing or a little “pee pee dance” to avoid losing urine on the way to the restroom
  • Difficult or pain during bowel movements
  • Pain with urination

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