Pediatric Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Pelvic Floor Dysfunction is a broad term to describe many conditions that might occur when the pelvic floor muscles (PFM) are not working with the bladder and typical voiding reflexes are disrupted. While having a formal diagnosis (i.e. constipation, enuresis, bowel and bladder dysfunction, dysfunctional voiding) does not change a child's plan of care, it may better guide our treatment approach. Therefore, we may recommend testing or imaging from a primary care doctor.

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Success can lead to better quality of life, as well as improved self-esteem and confidence!

Incontinent episodes are often due to underlying causes and are not the child’s fault, and nighttime incontinence that lasts more than 10 months after being potty trained is considered atypical. Treatment for Pediatric Pelvic Floor Dysfunction can help reduce a child’s anxiety about spending the night away from home due to incontinent episodes. Treatment can be successful: pelvic floor muscles can be trained.

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