Physical Therapy for Bedwetting
It may surprise you to know that bedwetting one of the most common childhood problems. In fact about 19% of school-aged children wet the bed. Often bedwetting will improve as a child gets older, but sometimes it continues. Some children who are bedwetters have never been dry at night, and some will start wetting the bed again after being dry for months. A small bladder, deep sleeping, and lack of production of an antidiuretic hormone are just a few of the possible causes. Bed wetting, if it continues well beyond age 5, may affect a child's self-esteem and prevent the child from having sleepovers or participating in other activities that he or she enjoys.
Physical therapy can help! Treatment is individualized based on each child's needs but may include:
-scheduled daytime voiding
-biofeedback for learning to coordinate pelvic floor muscles
-dry bed training
Physical therapy sessions are conducted with parents present and may include fun "games" the children can play as they become more aware of taking an active role in their recovery.
If your child suffers from bedwetting or any type of pelvic floor dysfunction, we can help. Problems such as urinary incontinence, fecal urgency, frequency, and retention, bowel incontinence, pain, or constipation can all be treated with physical therapy.
Cherie Haug, DPT, received her Bachelor in Physical Therapy from the University of Maryville in St. Louis in 2001 and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Boston University in 2007. She has 17 years of outpatient orthopedic experience and enjoys working with a wide range of patients of all ages. Cherie has specialized training in the treatment of women’s health and pediatric pelvic floor dysfunctions. To schedule an appointment with Cherie, call us at 573-483-5040.