Treatment for Pediatric Incontinence
Very simply stated, incontinence is defined as the inability to voluntarily control bowel and bladder functions. Enuresis is the medical term used for daytime wetting; nocturnal enuresis refers to bedtime wetting; and diurnal enuresis means both day and night time voiding accidents. Many children also experience fecal incontinence, otherwise referred to as encopresis, which is commonly associated with chronic constipation. Most children master bowel and bladder continence by the age of 5. When this milestone is not achieved, children and their families may experience embarrassment, stress, social isolation, and self-imposed activity limitations.
Our ConfidentKids program is a non-invasive, drug-free approach that can help your child gain freedom from daytime accidents, bedwetting, encopresis and/or giggle incontinence. Our experienced therapists work to ensure children and parents feel comfortable, respected and supported throughout the therapy process. All sessions are conducted with a parent or authorized caregiver present and intervention plans are individually crafted to meet the unique needs of each child and their family.
Benefits of our Pediatric Continence Program
- Stop day and nighttime voiding accidents
- Control Urgency and Frequency
- Eliminate chronic constipation
- Stop fecal incontinence or leaking
- Strengthen the pelvic floor
- Learn strategies to maintain results
- Gain confidence
- Have a normal and happy childhood
Pediatric Incontinence Conditions We Help Your Child Overcome
- DAYTIME ACCIDENTS (Enuresis)
- BEDWETTING (Nocturnal Enuresis)
- URGENCY & FREQUENCY
- URINARY RETENTION
- GIGGLE INCONTINENCE
- CHRONIC CONSTIPATION
- ENCOPRESIS (Bowel incontinence or inability to empty)
- FECAL URGENCY OR FREQUENCY
- PAINFUL ELIMINATION (bowel and bladder)
Therapy Treatment for Pediatric Incontinence
- Education regarding healthy bowel and bladder function
- Dietary analysis and recommendations
- Behavioral modification
- Computer assisted neuromuscular reeducation (Biofeedback)
- Constipation management
- Proper hygiene
- Proper toilet posture
- Relaxation techniques
- Timed voiding or elimination strategies
- Home exercise program
- Habits and routines re-training
- Collaboration with school and aftercare programs
Our therapists have extensive experience working with children who may have co-existing developmental delays including Autism, ADHD or other emotional/behavioral concerns.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Biofeedback?
Biofeedback is a non-invasive form of technology used to treat impaired relaxation, coordination, and/or weakness of the pelvic floor. Special externally placed sensors display visual images of muscle activity on a computer screen which allows kids to "see" muscle activity and develop physiological awareness and voluntary control over the muscles that regulate bowel and bladder functions. For your child's comfort, we instruct parents/caregivers on proper placement of the "sticky-pad" sensors around the anus. Therapists may perform this task if needed with parent AND child consent and parental supervision. Read more. . .
How long before I see results?
Our treatment protocol ranges from 6-12 visits, depending on the complexity of the condition. Most children/families are able to implement strategies and have noticeable improvement after their very first visit and will achieve successful remediation of their symptoms in less than 10 sessions.
How much does it cost?
Occupational therapy services are covered by most insurance plans. But in the case that you don't have insurance or we don't have a direct relationship with your provider, sessions cost $40-90 depending on the complexity of your condition. We have payment plans and interest-free finance options to make treatment affordable. We don't let cost get in the way of your health and healing.
Do I need a referral?
Most times children are referred to our office from a pediatrician who can provide a thorough medical history. We can provide services without a physician referral, however this may be required by your insurance company. We can assist you by obtaining a prescription from your medical provider on your behalf after the initial evaluation. We will also provide treatment summaries to your child's doctor to ensure they are adequately informed of progress. If you have more specific questions, feel free to contact our front office.
How do I get started?
Click Here - to request an appointment online; use the jivochat box below to reach a support coordinator; or call the office @ 623-777-3113 and our friendly receptionist will help you get started.