Volume 9 Issue 164
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 14-Jun-2007 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 15-Jun-2007

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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The body's design for bladder control

This pamphlet contains an introduction to the female urinary system. It includes diagrams of the bladder and pelvic floor muscles. more  

Your medicines and bladder control

This booklet describes the effects that medications could have on bladder control, with a recommendation for discussing medicines with health proffesionals. more

Your daily bladder diary

This sheet is an easy-to-use form for patients to note liquid intake, trips to the bathroom, urine leaks, and other details that may help explain your incontinence. more  

What your female patients want to know about bladder control

This fact sheet contains tips for health care providers on raising the issue of incontinence with female patients who may be reluctant to talk about their problem. more

What your patients need to know about their childís bedwetting  

Many children wet the bed until they are 5 years old, or even older. In most cases, the cause is physical and not the childís fault. The childís bladder might be too small. Or the amount of urine produced overnight is too much for the bladder to hold. As a result, the bladder fills up before the night is over. Some children sleep too deeply or take longer to learn bladder control. Children donít wet the bed on purpose. Bedwetting is a medical problem, not a behavior problem. Scolding and punishment will not help a child stay dry. more

Urinary tract infections in children 

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) affect about 3 percent of children in the United States every year. Throughout childhood, the risk of a UTI is 2 percent for boys and 8 percent for girls. UTIs account for more than 1 million visits to pediatriciansí offices every year. The symptoms are not always obvious to parents, and younger children are usually unable to describe how they feel. Recognizing and treating urinary tract infections is important. Untreated UTIs can lead to serious kidney problems that could threaten the life of your child. more

Urinary incontinence in children

Parents or guardians of children who experience bedwetting at night or accidents during the day should treat this problem with understanding and patience. This loss of urinary control is called urinary incontinence or just incontinence. Although it affects many young people, it usually disappears naturally over time, which suggests that incontinence, for some people, may be a normal part of growing up. Incontinence at the normal age of toilet training may cause great distress. Daytime or nighttime incontinence can be embarrassing. It is important to understand that many children experience occasional incontinence and that treatment is available for most children who have difficulty controlling their bladders. more

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A helpful pamphlet regarding bedwetting is available for download in today's issue of Vidyya.