Bowel and bladder dysfunctions in children can be frustrating and can cause both social and physical problems for children and for families. Physical therapists at Sioux Center Health work closely with primary care and specialty physicians to help children overcome their problems with toileting.
Children are typically ready to be dry during the day by age three or four, although some children may take longer. Being dry at night usually comes after a child has been dry during the day for at least six months.
Children who experience daytime leakage of urine (pee) or feces (poop) or continue to wet the bed after their peers can experience feelings of shame and low self-esteem. They may avoid activities such as sleepovers or physical activities that cause them to have symptoms. If left untreated, they may be at risk for urinary tract infections or other medical conditions.
Physical therapy is a conservative, non-invasive treatment for bowel and bladder dysfunctions, and other pelvic floor dysfunctions.
Evaluation and treatment may include:
- Assessment of strength, range of motion and postural stability
- Diet changes and behavioral modification
- Parental participation in a treatment plan
- Core strengthening
- Breathing training
Our physical therapists can help treat children with bowel and bladder dysfunctions. If you are concerned about your child’s toileting practices, call our Therapy Center at 712.722.8125 to learn more or speak with your primary care physician.
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