Another term for loss of bladder control in children is defined as Urinary Incontinence in Children. It happens because of multiple factors like high blood pressure, kidney problems, nerve issues, some kind of structural problem in the urinary tract, etc. The most common symptoms here include loss of bladder control either in bedwetting, at public places, etc.
HOW IS URINARY INCONTINENCE IN CHILDREN DIAGNOSED?
Doctors first ask questions about the child's symptoms and medical history. Doctors then do a physical examination. What they find during the history and physical examination often suggests a cause of the incontinence and the tests that may need to be done. In the medical history, doctors ask about when symptoms began, timing of symptoms, and whether symptoms are continuous (that is, constant dribbling) or intermittent. Having the parents record the timing, frequency, and volume of urine (a voiding diary) or stool (a stooling diary) in a journal can be helpful. Position while urinating and strength of urine steam are discussed.
HOW IS URINARY INCONTINENCE IN CHILDREN TREATED?
Diagnosis determines the treatment. In some cases, the child would be given antibiotics for bladder infections. In the other, there may be surgery needed for treating the structural issues. ADH levels can be increased for treating night time UI with a synthetic version known as desmopressin (DDAVP). Diet and nutrition have a vital contribution here to.
DID YOU KNOW?
The act of emptying the bladder requires significant coordination between the brain, nerves, and muscles. There are two major muscles involved in urination, the detrusor and the sphincter. Achieving bladder control must be learned, and some children learn earlier than others, and therefore urinary incontinence is normal in most young infants and children, but in older children and adolescents, it is not considered normal.