6 tips to keep your child's bladder healthy
why is bladder health important?
Most people may not know how important our bladder is at eliminating extra fluid and waste from our bodies. Since November is bladder health awareness month, we sat down with Sara Conley, nurse practitioner in the division of urology at Dayton Children’s Hospital, to learn more about bladder health.
how does the bladder work?
The urinary track system is comprised of two kidneys. Our kidneys filter waste from our blood and produce urine (pee). The pee drains from our kidneys into the bladder via ureters. The pee is then stored in the bladder until the body eliminates it through the urethra. The main function of the bladder is to store urine and empty the urine
“When the bladder isn’t working properly, it can lead to loss of control (after potty training is achieved), needing to pee a lot, and urinary tract infections (UTI),” explains Sara.
So, what can you do to maintain your child’s bladder health? Sara has outlined some tips below.
- Make sure your child uses the bathroom on a schedule. Try to have your child sit on the toilet at least every 2-3 hours. This will help your child from holding their pee, or waiting to use restroom until it’s urgent.
- Take time using bathroom. Have your child sit on the toilet and relax. If they are having trouble going pee try deep breathing and counting, or saying ABCs.
- Make sure your child is drinking plenty of fluids! Try to avoid caffeine and carbonated drinks as these could irritate bladder.
- Avoid and treat constipation. Constipation is one of most common causes of bladder dysfunction in children. Make sure your child is getting enough fiber in their food. If constipation is a problem, you may need additional options to help your child have a bowel movement.
- Posture is important! Make sure your child has good foot support and posture when sitting on toilet. If your child’s feet don’t reach the floor, put a foot stool under their feet.
- Do not punish your child! They need encouragement and positive reinforcement.
do you have concerns about your child's bladder?
If you have concerns about your child's bladder talk to your child's pediatrician. If you are having ongoing concerns, consider making an appointment online with one of our pediatric urologists.