More young people wet themselves during the day than you might think
1. Daytime wetting can be embarrassing, stressful and unpleasant
But it isn’t uncommon. Daytime wetting might result in damp underwear or – much less often – a sudden emptying of the whole bladder.
2. A common cause of daytime wetting is an over-active bladder
This is a bladder that is twitchy and unpredictable and needs emptying often and suddenly – sometimes without much prior warning. This rapid and unpredictable urgency can result in a leak or two before the safety of the loo is reached. Medication can be prescribe that might help.
3. Another cause of daytime wetting could be constipation
People need to poo every day, or every couple of days, any less than that and constipation is setting in. Constipation means that the bowel is overloaded with poo and could be putting pressure on the bladder causing wee to leak out unexpectedly.
4. Bladder infections - known as a urinary tract infections (UTI) – usually affect girls, but boys can get them too
They are horrible and painful and can make you very unhappy. UTIs should never be ignored or left untreated. A person with a UTI will feel a constant need to have a wee, but will wee out very little, and when they do wee it stings and the wee smells a bit like fish – a very unpleasant experience from start to finish. The good news is medication can easily clear it up.
5. Sometimes a girl's pelvic floor muscles might be weak
This can cause them to unexpectedly leak wee – particularly when they are running or dancing.
6. Drinking well and visiting the toilet regularly can help you to manage daytime wetting
This is known as ‘bladder training’- See more on daytime wetting from ERIC, The Children’s Bowel & Bladder Charity.
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