THE BLADDER IS A BIG MUSCLE, LET’S PUT IT TO GOOD USE
The bladder is a pear-shaped muscular sac, which stores urine it receives from the kidneys. When it has reached capacity, the bladder contracts and the urine flows out of the body via the urethra. The ability of the bladder to store urine means we can hold it in our bodies until it is convenient for us to release it.
The development of bladder control is a crucial step in overcoming bedwetting nocturnal enuresis. Bladder control is achieved when your child can:
Night time bladder control is usually the last step in the development of both bladder and bowel control. This makes sense, as the child has to wake to the brain’s signal that their bladder is full and requires emptying.
Each child will develop bladder control in their own time, but it commonly occurs between the ages of 18 and 30 months. Daytime bladder control comes before nighttime bladder control, with many children not achieving nighttime control until 4 or 5 years of age. If your child is older than this, don’t worry – it’s quite common for kids to struggle with night time bladder control up to the age of ten.
Muscle-strengthening exercises can help some children develop better bladder control. Feel free to try the following if your child agrees and feels comfortable with them.