Urinary Incontinence in Children
Understanding Urinary Incontinence
Urinary incontinence in children is when a child accidentally wets themselves during the day. While it is quite common among children below the age of three, it could also affect children who are older and potty-trained.
With incontinence being a sensitive issue, it is essential that parents provide the emotional support that their child needs and not resort to punishment in order to ‘treat’ the condition.
Identifying the Signs of Urinary Incontinence
To find out whether your child suffers from urinary incontinence, these signs can be identifying factors:
- Wetting themselves accidentally in the day
- Painful urination
- A weak stream of urine
- A sudden change from staying dry during the day to accidentally wetting
Yet another factor that is vital in identifying urinary continence in children is the number of times that child has wet themselves in the day.
An uncontrollable dribble with no prolonged dry period is termed as continuous urinary incontinence whereas wetting after a prolonged period of dryness during the day is called intermittent incontinence.
What Causes Urinary Incontinence in Children?
Urinary incontinence in children can happen for a number of reasons. They may occur as a result of an underlying physical condition, a psychological event, or an external factor. Some of the common causes include:
Infection: Urinary tract infections are known to cause temporary incontinence among people, both adults and children.
Underdeveloped Bladder: In some cases where a child’s bladder, urinary tracts, or genitals have not yet properly developed, urinary incontinence may occur.
Stress: Children deal with many life events that grownups or parents find normal. From starting a new school to having a new sibling, a number of events may cause stress to the child, resulting in incontinence.
Overactive Bladder: Overactive bladders cannot store urine as well as a normal bladder does. Children with an overactive bladder may, therefore, wet themselves when they feel the need to urinate.
Underactive Bladder: In children with an underactive bladder, they find it difficult to completely empty their bladders when they visit the toilet. This causes the excess to dribble out before or after they have relieved themselves.
Often, children who experience urinary incontinence during the day also suffer from bedwetting at night.
When Should You Visit a Specialist for Urinary Incontinence in Your Children?
If you have noticed signs of urinary incontinence in your child, visiting a clinic to help your child deal with the issue is an ideal approach. You can get in touch with your general practitioner if:
- Your child is above five years of age
- There has never been a dry period
- You notice your child experiencing incontinence often in a month.
Your general practitioner will conduct a physical examination of the child and may also recommend a urine test to identify the cause. More often than not, you will be referred to a urinary incontinence clinic that is better able to help children suffering from urinary incontinence.
How Can Happy Dry Nights Help?
Treating urinary incontinence requires the right clinic to help your children deal with the issue, both physically and emotionally. At Happy Dry Nights, we help you and your child understand the cause of the incontinence and deal with it through a positive approach. We understand the sensitivity of the issue and ensure that there is no negative emotional impact on your child. With the knowledge needed to deal with the issue, and the equipment provided by us, we aim to make your child’s journey to dry and peaceful nights as easy as possible.