Childhood Incontinence Clinic
Bedwetting is common among infants who outgrow it by the time they complete five years. However, if it continues way over that age, and it happens in the day, it could signify an underlying urinary condition called urinary incontinence. Also called enuresis, urinary incontinence is defined as the involuntary emptying of the bladder.
The act of urinating requires significant coordination between the brain, nerves, and two urinary muscles which work together to release urine and keep urine in the bladder. Dysfunction in either may result in some degree of loss of urinary control.
At the Childhood Incontinence Clinic at Manipal Hospitals, our paediatric urologists are proficient in tackling incontinence issues in children. Meticulous evaluation of the child’s habits includes urinalysis to look for organic causes such as diabetes and urinary tract infections. In children having daytime urination symptoms, an ultrasound imaging of the urinary tract, bladder and kidneys may be conducted to look for abnormalities. An MRI of the spine may be prescribed to check for spinal cord blemishes. The paediatricians then will map out corrective treatment based on the diagnosis.
In tandem, child psychologists are brought on board to counsel the child’s family to understand the condition without reprimanding the child.