Pediatric bladder and bowel dysfunction is a condition that can be treated. Dysfunctional elimination in children occurs when the child is having a problem either holding or releasing urine or stool. The pelvic floor is made up of muscles and other tissues that form a sling from the pubic bone to the tailbone. They help to support the abdominal and pelvic organs and to control bladder and bowel activity.
Their pelvic floor muscles may not be working together with the bladder and/or bowel, and the normal voiding or emptying reflexes can be disrupted. This can lead to a chronic abnormal pattern of elimination which does not allow the bladder or bowel to empty completely. Some children experience difficulty urinating or controlling their bladder function, frequent bladder infections, constipation, not urinating enough during the day, or difficulty sensing bladder fullness. Children may periodically have leakage during the day or wake up wet in the morning or both. This can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. Physical Therapy is a non-invasive approach that can be very effective in helping your child gain control and independence with bowel and bladder function.