Pediatric Pelvic Health

What is pediatric pelvic floor dysfunction?

Just as adults experience bowel or bladder leakage, irregularity, and/or pain, children may experience these as well. The muscles that make up the pelvic floor support our internal organs, stabilize our pelvis in order to maintain posture, and provide control of our bladder and bowel functions. Sometimes, these muscles do not perform correctly either because they are weak, uncoordinated, or in spasm. When this occurs, it is called, pediatric pelvic floor dysfunction (PFD). 

20% of all pediatric doctor's visits are for incontinence.

Does my child have PFD?

If your child experiences one or more of the following symptoms, contact us today.

  • Bedwetting
  • Chronic Constipation
  • Encopresis: Bowel Incontinence and/or inability to empty bowel
  • Enuresis: Urinary Incontinence/Leakage
  • Excessive Gas, Abdominal Bloating
  • Fecal Urgency/Frequency
  • Painful Urination or Defecation
  • Genital or Rectal Pain
  • Urinary Frequency/Urgency
  • Urinary Retention
  • Vesicoureteral Reflux

If these symptoms are left untreated, they may persist in adulthood. If you have questions regarding a symptom or diagnosis not mentioned above, contact us. 

How can pelvic physical therapy help my child?

Therapy can provide the tools your family needs to take control of your child's bladder and bowel functions. The initial evaluation includes a review of current bowel and bladder function, prior birth, development, and health history, and any special tests that have been completed. A physical examination includes a pelvic visual examination and whole body developmental motor screen. Treatment may include a bowel and bladder diary, biofeedback, manual therapeutic techniques, muscle strengthening or relaxation, behavioral and diet modifications, and a family home program. This is often an emotional and sensitive journey for your family and we are here to help.