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Pediatric Incontinence

Incontinence can be embarrassing, uncomfortable and frustrating for kids. At Providence, we tackle the problem of incontinence with state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and innovative treatment methods.  

Incontinence can affect children differently than adults. We offer specialized evaluations and treatment to diagnose and treat the most complex bladder conditions kids face.

Our pediatric urologists will help your child gain control of his or her bladder and bowels to live life with more comfort and confidence. In our urodynamic lab, we investigate what’s happening with your child’s bladder and examine its ability to fill, store and empty urine. 

At Providence, we diagnose and treat incontinence and many other kidney and bowel issues that children struggle with, including:  

  • Abdominal pain 
  • Constipation 
  • Pelvic floor pain  
  • Urinary and fecal incontinence 
  • Voiding dysfunction (including overactive and underactive bladder, feeling that bladder is always full, daytime wetting, bedtime wetting)  

First, our pediatric urologists may examine your child and perform a urine test to check for infection. You’ll probably discuss your child’s bathroom habits and symptoms – such as pain, frequency, daytime wetting and bedwetting. You may also talk about your child’s diet, stress, and family history of bladder problems. 

At Providence, we use a wide range of advanced testing methods to diagnose your child’s incontinence issues and determine the best care plan. These tests may include:  

  • Anorectal manometry
  • Cystometrogram
  • Electromyography of the sphincter
  • Uroflowmetry 
  • Video urodynamics  

Sometimes a child’s incontinence, bladder and bowel issues fade away naturally in time. If not, our pediatric urologists provide effective treatment options. Depending on your child’s age and symptoms, we offer: 

  • Bladder and bowel training program
  • Medication
  • Pelvic floor exercises and rehabilitation therapy 
  • Surgical procedures 

At Providence, your child’s care team may include:

  • Dietitian
  • Pediatrician
  • Pediatric urologist
  • Physical therapist 

Here are a few practical steps to help your child during treatment:

  • Encourage your child to eat high fiber foods and drink water.
  • Offer fruits and vegetables, popcorn and high-fiber cereals and bars.
  • Discourage plain cheese pizza. Instead, offer pizza topped with veggies or fruit. Add even more fiber with a whole-wheat crust.
  • Limit drinks with caffeine.
  • Avoid salty snacks and sugary drinks, especially during the evening.
  • For sleepovers and other overnight activities, consider sending your child with disposable underpants and shorts to prevent accidents and avoid embarrassment or discomfort.