According to Mora Pluchino, DPT, after age 5, bedwetting problems that persist may improve with the help of pediatric pelvic floor therapy.
Bedwetting is a source of frustration and embarrassment for many children and their families. By the age of 5, most children have the bladder control to stay dry throughout the night, but there are many children who reach this age and continue to leak.
The culprit could be pelvic floor dysfunction, a wide range of problems that occur when the muscles are weak, in spasm, or too tight, causing bedwetting, recurring urinary tract infections, constipation and more.
To combat these conditions, Bacharach offers a unique pediatric physical therapy program designed to help children and teenagers suffering from a pelvic floor dysfunction condition.
“You would be surprised at the number of children that are affected by these issues,” said Mora Pluchino, PT, Pediatric Program Coordinator at Bacharach. “Most parents think these are issues that the child will outgrow, but sometimes that’s not the case because their child is dealing with a pelvic floor dysfunction issue.”
Pediatric pelvic floor therapy is conducted in a private setting and parents are always present. Therapeutic intervention includes various breathing, hip and abdominal exercises in order to strengthen the child’s pelvic floor and assistance with bowel and bladder retraining to create new healthier habits.
“A big component of our therapy program is educating parents about what went wrong and healthy habits they can enforce at home to help their child make progress,” said Mora. “You always want to make sure that your child is getting enough exercise, liquids, fruits and vegetables. Once our children are potty trained, we may not pay attention to their bladder and bowel habits and sometimes we need to revisit what happens in the bathroom.”
Children who have neuromuscular disabilities are at an increased risk of having a pelvic floor dysfunction. “The most common diagnosis for pelvic floor therapy in children is constipation,” explained Mora. “Today’s children are very scheduled and busy and are not always encouraged to use the bathroom.”
If you think your child is dealing with pelvic floor dysfunction and want to register, call (609) 652-7000 x 5502. If you’d like to chat with Mora and see if this is something that can help your child prior to making an appointment, she makes herself available to families for consult via phone or email. She can be reached at (609) 652-7000 x 5469 or firstname.lastname@example.org .