According to the International Children’s Continence Society, frequent urinary tract infections (UTI) in children can be closely tied to bowel and bladder dysfunctions, which are closely tied to pelvic floor dysfunction.
When UTIs occur in babies, it can be a sign of an anatomical issue which has to be diagnosed via imaging and treated sometimes with surgical correction. If your child is 3 years of age or younger and often suffers from UTIs, it is important to seek care from a pediatric specialist to rule out anatomical issues so that they can get appropriate care.
Older kids who suffer from frequent UTIs may have issues with their bladder or bowel. These issues can include incomplete bladder emptying and functional constipation. Again, it is important to seek the care of a pediatric specialist who can screen for these issues and diagnose them properly.
Ideally, your child with a bowel or bladder dysfunction will be under the care of a multidisciplinary healthcare team. A team made be made up of pediatric subspecialists, an urologist, gastroenterologist, psychology professional, and pelvic floor physical therapist with pediatric training.
The therapists at Fusion Wellness and Physical Therapy/Femina Physical Therapy can help your child heal from their bowel or bladder dysfunctions and gain good skills and behaviors around toileting which will help them their entire life.
Our pediatric protocol is minimally invasive and involves a lot of patient and parent education. We typically do not do internal examinations or interventions until all external options have been exhausted.
The ultimate goal is to help the child to be able to fully relax the pelvic floor and have a complete bowel movement without strain or pain.
Give the therapists at Fusion Wellness and Physical Therapy a call today! (818) 864-6732
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Yang S, Chua ME, Bauer S, et al. Diagnosis and management of bladder bowel dysfunction in children with urinary tract infections: a position statement from the International Children's Continence Society. Pediatric Nephrology (Berlin, Germany). 2018 Dec;33(12):2207-2219. DOI: 10.1007/s00467-017-3799-9.
**This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor.