WHEN WILL MY CHILD GAIN CONTROL OF THEIR BLADDER?
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.
EXERCISES TO IMPROVE BLADDER CONTROL
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.
- While your child is urinating, have them stop and start the flow up to five times. These exercises help your child recognise that they do have control over their bladders if they focus on it.
- Encourage your child to hold their urine for just an extra 10 to 15 minutes after the initial urge to urinate occurs. This will improve bladder control and increase bladder capacity.