Childhood continence

Children can suffer from a number of bowel and bladder issues relating to the pelvic floor complex. Recent research showed that children felt wee or poo accidents would be one of the worst things they could experience, second only to death of a parent or close loved one.

Anxiety about accidents and bedwetting can significantly affect your child’s confidence and willingness to participate fully in life.

We can help with:
  • Urinary incontinence including day and night time wetting
  • Overactive bladder
  • Faecal incontinence and other bowel dysfunction
  • Constipation


A child is generally considered incontinent when regular episodes of leakage are experienced after the age of 5 years. Recent research has shown that some lower urinary tract disorders in children can often be an indicator for adult life, therefore making the assessment of any concerns of high importance. Many myths exist surrounding childhood incontinence, some of which are that the child is lazy or they will just grow out of it. Childhood bowel and bladder issues can indicate structural or hormonal changes in your child which are important to be checked by a professional.

Discussing any issues with your G.P. can commence a management plan for your child. Assessment with a pelvic floor physiotherapist can also assist in behavioural modification, advice regarding continence aids, electrotherapeutic modalities and other suitable strategies. Medical and physiotherapy management often go hand in hand to achieve the best outcome. A dietician may also become involved to assist in dietary management. It is very important a family based approach is adopted in the management of childhood incontinence and pelvic floor issues.

For more information visit the Continence Foundation of Australia or read our information sheets

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