Visiting your doctor

Day-wetting and bed-wetting is an issue many children might experience as they grow up – often it’s only temporary.  As a parent or carer it’s helpful to have an understanding of how the bladder works and know what’s fact and what’s fiction when it comes to incontinence. This can help you to openly talk with your child about the issue and be as supportive as you can. 
If you have questions or concerns around your child’s situation, it’s always best to speak to your doctor or health care professional.

What your doctor might ask

To help find a solution to minimise or cure your child’s incontinence, your doctor or medical professional will want to know the facts and history surrounding your child’s particular incontinence issues. For example;
  • Voiding frequency and volume
  • If it’s day-wetting or bed-wetting
  • How often it happens, how much and in what situations your child wet themselves
  • If there are any  signs that your child has; like crossing the legs, walking on tiptoes or sitting on the heel. 
  • Bowel movements
  • Eating and drinking habits
  • If there are any treatments or medications your child is taking
  • Anything else that could affect the situation, like a disease etc.
Sometimes keeping a diary of your child’s bladder and bowel movements can help to give your doctor a better insight into their situation.