Hey there, parents! If you're reading this, chances are you've encountered some puzzling signs in your child's behavior—bedwetting, unexpected urine leakage, or perhaps even struggles with bowel movements. Don't worry; you're not alone. Many parents face these challenges, and it's time to explore a groundbreaking solution that could make a world of difference for your child—Pediatric Pelvic Therapy.
Identifying the Symptoms:
Ever wondered if your child's bedwetting, daytime wetting, or unexpected urinary issues might be more than just a phase? If your answer is 'yes' to any of these symptoms:
Urine leakage with laughing
Urine leakage with sports or activity
Wearing pull-ups after the age of 4
Accidental bowel movements
Pain with bowel movements
Straining to complete bowel movement
Pain in pelvic and/or abdominal area
Then, it's time to consider Pediatric Pelvic Therapy as a potential solution.
Understanding Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy:
Pelvic floor physical therapy is a specialized approach designed for children from birth to 17 years who experience pelvic conditions and related symptoms. By the age of 4, most kids gain control over their bowel and bladder, but for the remaining 10%, issues can persist and impact their daily lives. Pediatric pelvic PT steps in to retrain muscles and systems, restoring order and function.
The Significance of the Pelvic Floor:
What exactly is the pelvic floor, and why is it crucial? The pelvic floor comprises muscles that provide support for pelvic organs, control urinary and bowel functions, and contribute to core stability. Like any muscle, the pelvic floor can face challenges, such as tightness, weakness, spasms, or poor coordination. When these issues arise, it can lead to bowel and bladder dysfunction or pelvic pain.
What to Expect in Treatment Sessions:
Embarking on a Pediatric Pelvic Therapy journey involves one-on-one sessions with a specialized physical therapist. The initial consultation delves into your child's medical history, symptoms, and goals. The therapist may assess strength, range of motion, muscle flexibility, posture, movement patterns, and pelvic and core stability. If necessary, an external non-invasive examination of the pelvic floor muscles may be conducted to evaluate their function. This comprehensive approach helps tailor a personalized treatment plan for your child.
Key Facts to Consider:
Before you dismiss these symptoms as common childhood issues, consider these eye-opening facts:
20% of pediatrician visits are for incontinence problems
15% of visits to gastrointestinal doctors are for lower bowel dysfunction
Bedwetting affects 5-7 million children in the US
Bedwetting affects 15% of girls and 22% of boys over the age of 6
Junior high and high school athletes often experience involuntary leakage during sports
These challenges don't have to be ignored or brushed aside. Pediatric Pelvic Therapy at COPE PT is here to offer solutions tailored to your child's unique needs, improving their quality of life and ensuring they can participate fully in social events and activities. I
t's time to address the symptoms and pave the way for a healthier, happier future for your child!!!
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