Bladder Training

FIND OUT HOW TO GIVE BLADDERS A WELL-DESERVED WORKOUT

Bladder training is a popular and safe method of treatment if your child is wetting the bed. While it is by no means a cure, many children have been able to expand their bladder capacity and practice bladder control with a few simple exercises.

Getting the go ahead from your doctor is recommended, but if your child has no existing medical conditions, this shouldn’t be a problem.

Bladder Training

EXERCISE FOR INCREASING BLADDER CAPACITY

Some bladders take a little longer to develop and the reason your child might need to urinate so frequently could be due to a smaller bladder with less capacity for urine. This exercise has been proven to increase bladder capacity, however, you may not see positive results at night if your child is still developing bladder control.

  • Ask your child to let you know when they need to urinate
  • Start a timer for ten minutes and ask them if they can wait until the alarm sounds
  • Each day you can increase the time by a couple of minutes until you reach 25-30 minutes
  • By this time your child’s bladder should have expanded slightly to accommodate more urine.

If your child is motivated and old enough to use a timer, they may even like doing this exercise by themselves.

EXERCISE TO IMPROVE BLADDER CONTROL.

This exercise is easy and will help your child become more aware of bladder control. Many children simply need to realise that they can control urination and this exercise can put that into focus. This can also be combined with the exercise above.

  • Accompany your child to the bathroom next time they need to urinate
  • Ask them to urinate for three seconds and then stop for three seconds
  • Repeat this until they have finished urinating
  • After some practicing your child should be gaining a better perspective of their own bladder control.

NOTE FOR CHILDREN PRONE TO URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS

Despite being safe for most children, it’s still important to check with your doctor if these bladder exercises will be helpful to your child. Urinary tract infections can be further inflamed if the sufferer holds their urine for longer than they need to. If your child is prone to infection, these exercises may not be recommended by your doctor.

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