Select a symptom to find the most suitable treatment
How do Bladders Work?
Your bladder is a bag-like organ that stores and empties urine. Pelvic floor and sphincter muscles control the opening and closing of the bladder and nerves send messages between your muscles, bladder and brain.
When your bladder is filling up, your pelvic floor and sphincter muscles gently contract to hold in the urine. When your bladder starts to stretch, a message is sent from your bladder to your brain to let it know, “I’m full!” When you go to the toilet, your brain tells your bladder to squeeze out the urine and your pelvic floor will relax to let the urine out. When your bladder is empty, your pelvic floor contracts again.
What is Daytime Wetting?
Loss of bladder control during the day may be caused by problems with your bladder, pelvic floor and sphincter muscles or nerve messages. This can be called daytime wetting or daytime incontinence. Loss of bladder control during sleep can be called bedwetting or enuresis. Children can have problems with just daytime wetting, just bedwetting or both.
Most children have gained daytime bladder control by the age of four, BUT 3 – 12% of children aged 5 – 17 years have a daytime wetting problem. One third of these children will also have a problem with bedwetting. Day wetting is more common in girls than boys and boys have more problems with bedwetting than girls. Both these problems tend to improve with age, but children do not necessarily ‘grow out of it’.
Wetting can cause distress for children, teenagers and their families. The underlying bladder, muscle or nerve problem can lead to kidney problems later in life. If your school-aged child wets during the day, it is essential to seek professional advice.
What Causes Daytime Wetting?
Most wetting occurs because the bladder, muscles or nerve messages are not working normally. Common causes of daytime wetting include:
Assessments and treatments at the Mars Clinic are provided by advanced-trained Physiotherapists. The type and duration of treatment for daytime wetting will vary, depending on the cause of the wetting and the needs of the individual. Treatment may include: