The major areas commonly addressed are:
- Daytime Urinary Incontinence: this can be infrequent urine leakage with extreme urgency, urine leakage with a sport activity, or frequent leakage throughout the day.
- Urinary Tract Infections: If your child has frequent UTIs they should first see a pediatric urologist before participating in this program.
- Night Time Urinary Incontinence: Bed wetting is most commonly one void per night when sleeping; however some children void more than once in the middle of the night. It can prevent children from participating in sleep overs with friends, camping, or overnight camps.
- Fecal Incontinence: Loss of feces during the daytime from small amounts to full bowel movements is embarrassing and can be an indicator of more serious constipation.
- Constipation: Can include of hard stools, incomplete emptying or infrequency stooling.
Incontinence issues have a significant impact on the child, family, and education system. The physical therapist knowledgeable in training pelvic floor muscles, healthy bowel and bladder habits, and child development to works closely with the child, caregiver, and doctor to address the issue impacting your child’s health. There is often more than one condition present leading to difficulty with control.