Bedwetting

Bedwetting

Bedwetting in children is not only inconvenient and embarrassing, it is often a symptom of underlying difficulties with elimination during the day.  Dysfunctional Elimination occurs when the muscles that control the bladder and or bowels are not working properly or when the normal voiding reflexes are impaired.  This can lead to chronic abnormal elimination patterns.  Some children experience:

  • Difficulty controlling urine/leaking
  • Increased or decreased voiding during the day
  • Frequent bladder/urinary tract infections
  • Constipation
  • Fecal Soiling
  • Nocturnal Enuresis or bedwetting

These occurrences can be embarrassing and uncomfortable for the child and their family.  If your child has experienced any of these symptoms they should be seen by their physician.  Physical Therapy may be recommended to relax and retrain the pelvic floor muscles and our San Diego specialty clinic offers services for children.  Our physical therapists have specialized training not just in pelvic floor dysfunction but in pediatrics as well, offering San Diego's most specialized services for children with dysfunctional elimination syndrome.

Nocturnal Enuresis is the medical term for bedwetting.  One common cause of nocturnal enuresis is dysfunctional voiding patterns during the daytime.  Chronic daytime voiding dysfunction can lead to an overly full bladder at bedtime which may empty during the relaxation that happens with sleep.  Our physical therapy program at FunctionSmart works on biofeedback for pelvic floor muscle training along with education on proper daytime voiding and avoidance of bladder irritants to help resolve nocturnal enuresis.