Bed-wetting can be embarrassing at any age but particularly mortifying for pre-teens or adolescents. The more formal term for bed-wetting is nocturnal enuresis. It is considered “normal” until age 7, but bed-wetting that persists after this age should be addressed.
It’s not uncommon for parents to be told that their child will grow out of it, that it is a natural part of development, and up to an accurate point. However, if it persists past seven, it should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare professional, such as a pelvic floor physical therapist.
Unfortunately, bed-wetting can make everyday life more complex and a significant source of embarrassment and fear for both the child and the parent. It can limit social interactions and events, and consequently, that child self-limits their activities to avoid putting themselves in situations that may make them uncomfortable.
There is good news for those who struggle with nocturnal enuresis or bed-wetting: pelvic floor physical therapy can treat this condition. Pelvic floor physical therapy can focus on strengthening and improving coordination of the pelvic floor and core muscles. It can also include helping to identify behavioral, lifestyle, and diet contributors. There is never a one-size-fits-all approach; the child’s or adolescent’s treatment plan is individualized to meet their needs and goals. If you or someone you know struggles with bed-wetting or nocturnal enuresis, pelvic floor physical therapy can be a safe and effective treatment.
Cray Physical Therapy offers treatments, management, and general information for several types of pain related to work, sports, or everyday living injuries. Give us a call at 339-987-4856 so we can help you get on the road to recovery!