Children and urine loss during the day
It is very important for children to be dry and have control over their bowels and bladder. Incontinence and loss of bowel movement 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 go to kindergarten. Children who urinate in their pants when they should already be dry and clean have an unpleasant problem that is often taboo and embarrassing. Neither the child nor its parents are proud of it. At no costs the child wants to be different from the rest and certainly not because of wet pants. Is the child just lazy, could psychological problems, physiological deficiencies or something else be the cause of the problem? In any case, an uncontrollable bladder can reduce your child's quality of life.
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The first thing to do is to clarify the cause of the problem. The child than must be helped to follow the advice and guidelines of the scientific community on incontinence. In all circumstances, it is important to consult your doctor so that an examination can be made to see how the child can be helped.
We at Urifoon are specialised in day incontinence and night incontinence. If your child is a bed-wetter, you can find help on our bed-wetting pages. We recommend to treat day 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 you can do a lot to speed up the development so that the problem appears smaller to the child. First and foremost, however, it is important to identify 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 the case. Day 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 of playing.
The child has a urinary infection.
Some children suffer from so-called "laugh incontinence" ("Giggle incontinence"), where they literally laugh out loud. These children can fight the problem through pelvic floor training.
Drinking and urinating...
For healthy toilet behaviour, it is important that a child drinks enough during the day.
There are many children who suffer from wet trousers or poo smudge stains in their pants during the day. And there are children who wet their bed at night.
Urine and loss of defication can lead to shame or bullying. If children cannot control their bladder and bowels, the problem is often ignored. This is one of the worst things that can happen to a child.
Often the child does not take enough time to empty the bladder completely. Maybe he or she is sitting on the toilet incorrectly or the urine is held back too long. This can lead to loss of urine or bladder problems.
Sometimes children ignore the urgency of bowel movements because they do not feel like going to the toilet or because they do not want to sit on another toilet. This can lead to constipation, which means that children cannot defecate properly, which in turn leads to a higher risk of losing urine.
Going to the toilet too often…….
Some children urinate very often and have to go to the toilet almost every hour. They always feel like they have to go to the toilet. Not because they like to do it so much, but because their bladder gives them the signal that they have to go to the toilet. Because they go so often, the volume of urine is small and therefore the bladder becomes smaller and smaller. The more urine is emptied at once, the greater the bladder capacity. Sometimes these children leak urine without realizing it.
Or going to the toilet too rarely…….
Other children go to the toilet too rarely. They hold in their urine for too long because they may simply not feel like going to the bathroom. When they hold back their urine, the feeling goes away for a moment, but their bladder is still full. The bladder is affected 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 1-4 times a day is not enough.
• Going to the toilet 5-7 times a day is good!
• Going to the toilet 8 or more times is too much
Going to the toilet 6 times a day would be ideal.
The first time when waking up in the morning.
The second time during the break at school.
The 3rd time at lunchtime.
The 4th time from school in the afternoon.
The 5th time for dinner.
The 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.
Damp pants can also occur by holding stool 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 of your stools. The intestines become blocked and the stool becomes hard and more difficult to pass. New, soft stool then slips past the hard stool and ends up in the child's underpants without the child noticing.
• Bowel movements less than 3 times a week is too little.
• The stool should have a compact sausage shape, rolled up or straight.
• Hard stools are not good.
• Stool in your underpants, neither.
help and support
We offer practical “toilet timers” 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 have comfortable, absorbent underpants. This gives the child security and they don't have to be ashamed.
If your child has persistent problems, see a pediatric physical therapist who specializes in pelvic floor exercises. Or visit a urological consultation at one of the children's hospitals near you.