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Wet pants, daytime incontinence, wetting, incontinence, incontinence and children

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Children and daytime incontinence


It is very important for children to be dry and have control of their bowels and bladder.

Incontinence and loss of bowel movements can lead to feelings of shame or bullying among friends.

Fortunately, most children have learned to control their bladder before they are 4 years old and start kindergarten. Children who urinate in their pants when they should be dry and clean have an annoying problem, which is often taboo and embarrassing. Neither the child nor his parents are proud of it. The child doesn't want to stand out from the crowd at any price in the world, and especially not because of wet underpants. Is the child just lazy, could psychological problems, physiological deficiencies or something completely different be the cause of the problem? In any case, an uncontrollable bladder can reduce your child's quality of life.

The first thing you need to do is clarify the cause of the problem. Following this, the child must be supported to follow scientific advice and guidelines on incontinence. In all circumstances, it is important to consult your doctor so that it can be examined how the child can be helped.

We at Urifoon specialize in daytime incontinence as well as nighttime incontinence. If your child is a bedwetter, you can find out more on our pages.bedwetting To find help. We recommend treating daytime incontinence first.


How many children have problems with incontinence?

About 10% of all children in kindergarten still wet their pants during the day, i.e. 2 children per class. Fortunately, most children outgrow the problem, and as parents there is a lot you can do to speed up development so that the problem seems smaller to the child. First and foremost, it is important to recognize the causes of incontinence.


The reason why children urinate in their pants during the day.

In the past, it was often assumed that psychological problems were the cause. But this is rarely due to this. Daytime incontinence in children often has the following causes:

  • The child suffers from constipation.

  • The child has an overactive bladder.

  • The child waits too long and "forgets" to go to the toilet because he's playing.

  • The child has a urinary tract infection.


Some children suffer from so-called “laughter incontinence” (“Gigglele” incontinence), where they literally wet their pants from laughing. These children can combat the problem through pelvic floor exercises.

Drinking and 'peeing'…….

Drinking during the day is important for healthy toilet - daytime behavior in children. 


There are many children who suffer from wet pants or stool stains in their underwear during the day. There are also children who wet the bed at night.


Leaking urine and stool can lead to embarrassment or bullying. Because of children's inability to control their bladder and bowels, children often act as if the symptoms do not exist. It is usually one of the worst things that can happen to children.


Children often don't take enough time to empty their bladder properly. Children sit in the wrong position on the toilet or hold their urine for too long. This can lead to urine leakage or bladder problems.

Sometimes children ignore the sense of urgency for the chair because they don't feel like going to the toilet or because they don't want to sit on another toilet. This can lead to constipation, preventing children from voiding properly, leading to a higher risk of urine leakage.


Going to the toilet too often…….

Some children urinate very often and have to go to the toilet almost every hour. Because they always feel like they have to go to the toilet. Not because they like it that much, but their bladder gives a signal that they need to go to the toilet. Because they go so often, the volume of urine is small and the bladder also becomes smaller. The more urine is urinated, the larger the bladder. Sometimes these children leak urine without realizing it.

Or not going to the toilet often…….

Other children go to the toilet too often. They hold their urine for too long because, for example, they don't feel like going to the toilet. When they hold their urine, their feeling is gone for a moment, but their bladder is full. Your bladder can also become too big and stretch too much, which is also not good. It can even overflow, resulting in wet pants.

How often to go to the toilet?

• Going to the toilet 1 to 4 times a day is not enough.

• Going to the toilet 5 to 8 times a day is good!

• Going to the toilet 8 times or more is too much

Going to the toilet 6 times a day would be ideal.

1st time, when waking up in the morning.

2nd time, during break at school.

3rd time, at lunchtime.

4th time, from school in the afternoon.

5th time, for dinner.

6th time, before bed.


How much to drink? 

In order to go to the toilet well, you have to drink. Children in primary school drink best: 1.2 to 1.5 liters per day. That's about 6 to 8 glasses a day. Spread throughout the day.


bowel movement


Wet pants can also occur by holding in a bowel movement for too long.

Some children have stool or feces stains in their underpants. This happens automatically, without feeling like you have to go to the toilet. This occurs when you don't go to the toilet enough or when you don't pass all your stools. The intestines become blocked and the stool becomes hard and difficult to pass. New soft stool then slides down along the old hard stools and gets into the underpants without the child noticing.


• Stools less than 3 times per week is not enough.

• The stool should be at least a sausage, rolled up or straight.

• Hard stools are not good.

• Stool in your underpants, neither.



help and support


We offer handy “toilet clocks” to help your child remember to go to the toilet regularly during the day. The watches vibrate discreetly and look cool.

To avoid wet pants, we  comfortable absorbent underpants. This gives the child security and does not have to be ashamed.


If your child has persistent problems, visit a pediatric physical therapist who specializes in pelvic floor training. Or visit a urological consultation at one of the children's hospitals near you.

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