What are the causes of incontinence or lack of bladder control?

A small number of cases of incontinence in children are caused by physical problems in the urinary system. Rarely, a blocked bladder or urethra and leakage from the bladder can be filled. Nerve damage associated with birth defect can cause incontinence. In these cases, urinary incontinence can appear as a constant dribbling.

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What causes daytime incontinence?

Day incontinence disappears much faster than the night time incontinence. Day time incontinence is caused due to an overactive bladder.  Many children have abnormal elimination habits due to the day incontinence. The most common among them is infrequent voiding and constipation.

An Overactive Bladder

Muscles surrounding the urethra: the tube that takes urine away from the bladder—have the job of keeping the passage closed, preventing urine from passing out of the body. The muscles surrounding the urethra may not be able to keep urine from passing if the bladder contracts strongly and without warning. This often happens as a consequence of urinary tract infection which can be more common in girls.

Infrequent Voiding

Infrequent voiding refers to a child’s voluntarily holding urine for prolonged intervals. For example, a child may not want to use the toilets at school or may not want to interrupt enjoyable activities, so he or she ignores the body’s signal of a full bladder. In these cases, the bladder can overfill and leak urine.

Other Causes

Some other reasons that cause nighttime incontinence along with the infrequent voiding to produce daytime incontinence include:

  • small bladder capacity
  • structural problems
  • anxiety-causing events
  • pressure from a hard bowel movement (constipation)
  • drinks or foods that contain caffeine, which increases urine output and may also cause spasms of the bladder muscle, or other ingredients to which the child may have an allergic reaction, such as chocolate or artificial coloring

Sometimes overly strenuous toilet training may make the child unable to relax the sphincter and the pelvic floor to completely empty the bladder. Retaining urine, or incomplete emptying, sets the stage for UTIs.

See the Problem from Your Child’s Perspective

Some children don’t respond well to the stress we parents put on them. Especially when it comes to bladder control training. This is something personal that children sometimes like to work out somewhat on their own. A bed wetting alarm is a good way to put the control back in your child’s hand and build their confidence. The alarm helps them to train themselves to be in control of their problem.

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