Being a kid is tough, being a kid with pelvic floor dysfunction is even tougher. More common than you may realize, pelvic floor dysfunction affects approximately 1 in 7 school aged children. The good news is that pediatric pelvic floor therapy can help!
When I was 8 years old, I experienced first hand some of the effects that bed wetting (enuresis) can have on both children and families.
Every summer, my cousins and I traveled from all over the United States to spend time with my grandparents at their cottage in Canada. Two of my cousins suffered from bed wetting for several years, so this is a topic very close to my heart.
I remember the embarrassment and shame that came after the nighttime bladder leaks.
At the time, their healthcare provider told them that it will go away with time and that they will “outgrow” pelvic health problems. And sadly, I still hear this all to often from both parents and pediatricians!
Science has come a LONG way since the late 90s and we have to do better! They say knowledge is power and I hope to use my knowledge to help as many kiddos as I can. To help kids have better, happier childhoods.
What kid doesn’t want to go to sleepovers with their friends without worrying about having a bladder leak? To avoid the psychological trauma that often accompanies (or can cause) bowel and bladder issues and have a higher quality of life.
What conditions can pediatric pelvic floor physical therapy help with?
Enuresis is one of several pelvic floor conditions that affect children. Other common pediatric pelvic floor conditions include:
- fecal incontinence
- overactive bladder
- urinary frequency/retention
- urinary incontinence/leakage
- urinary urgency
If left untreated, kiddos can suffer a myriad of avoidable issues, including bullying, increased risk of psychological disorders, impaired school performance and social isolation.
Pediatric Pelvic Floor Physical Therapists can help!
How we can help:
Pelvic Floor Therapists can help kiddos with bladder and bowel issues through:
- patient and family education
- bladder and bowel re-training
- behavior and diet strategies to improve your child’s bathroom habits
Quick Tips to help ease constipation:
Have a little one that hasn’t pooped in a few days? Here are some of our quick tips to help get those bowel movements moving.
- toileting position: make sure your child has a stool under their feet
- breathing techniques: practice blowing bubbles while on the toilet
- hydration: make sure your child is drinking water throughout the day
- exercise: increase physical activity, even daily family walks are extremely helpful