Bladder Exercises for Bed-Wetting
Your child can gain bladder control by strengthening the muscle that controls the release of urine from the bladder and by increasing the amount of urine the bladder can hold.
Exercises can be done to strengthen the muscle that controls the release of urine from the bladder. These exercises may help the child gain better control of the bladder. For example, a child can learn to tighten the pelvic muscles, hold that position for 5 to 10 seconds, then rest for 5 seconds. Usually, the child repeats the exercise 10 times, 3 times a day.
You can also help your child gain control of his or her bladder muscles by:
Bladder-stretching exercises are done to help increase the amount of urine that the bladder can hold (bladder capacity) and to teach the child to hold urine for longer periods of time. To teach a child bladder-stretching exercises:
Children who are known to have small bladder capacity may stop daytime accidental wetting by using this method. For children who wet the bed, this method may reduce the number of times the child wets (or needs to get up to urinate) during the night and may help the child in the long run. But it usually won't produce completely dry nights in the short term.
It is difficult to know whether a child's bed-wetting is caused mainly by a small bladder capacity, although a health professional may use tests to determine a child's bladder capacity.
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