Pediatric Bladder & Bowel Dysfunction | Pediatric Therapy
UnityPoint Health - Madison

Bladder and Bowel Dysfunction

Problems with bladder and bowel control are common and affect children of all ages causing embarrassment, anxiety, discomfort and frustration. In addition, multiple urinary tract infections may be a common occurrence for these children. Children and adolescents with bladder and bowel dysfunction may or may not have completed potty training.

Several of our physical therapists have specialized training in pediatric bladder and bowel dysfunction. These therapists perform an evaluation and develop a program to improve a child's or adolescent's coordination of the pelvic floor, bladder, and lower GI tract.

Diagnosis of Bladder and Bowel Dysfunction may include any of the following and may occur independently or in conjunction with other medical diagnosis:

  • Urinary Incontinence
    • Urgency to urinate
    • Increased frequency of urination
    • Leaking or dampness between bathroom visits
  • Enuresis (night time wetting)
  • Bowel Incontinence, Fecal Soiling, Encopresis (leaking of stool), or Constipation

Who is Appropriate for Treatment?

Participation in a treatment program for bladder and bowel dysfunction requires dedication and collaboration between the child, family, therapist and the child's physician. Generally, children ages 5 through adolescents respond well to treatment. Children as young as age 3 may benefit from an evaluation, family education and home exercises. This younger group will benefit the most from therapy if they are highly motivated and developmentally ready. To achieve best results for a child of any age, consistent practice of home exercises and follow through with therapy recommendations is necessary.

Evaluation and Treatment

Evaluation and treatment is performed in a compassionate manner assuring comfort of child and parent and includes completion of a bladder and bowel log, external SEMG (i.e., surface electromyography) analysis with computer biofeedback, exercises for strengthening and balancing key hip/pelvic muscles and child friendly education.

For More Information

If you have questions or would like more specific information regarding this specialty service, please contact one of the numbers below and ask to speak to a physical therapist specializing and pediatric bowel and bladder dysfunctions.

To Make a Referral or an Appointment

Please call the most appropriate site* or convenient location.

*Currently, younger children (less than 5 year olds), and those with sensory processing challenges, are seen at the Pediatric Therapy Site at UnityPoint Health - Meriter hospital. Teenagers are seen by physical therapists at Deforest-Windsor and West Madison locations. School age children can be seen at all three locations:

UnityPoint Health – Meriter hospital – 2N

202 S Park St
Madison, WI 53715
Phone: (608) 417-6173

UnityPoint Health – Meriter Therapy DeForest-Windsor (LINK)

4200 Savannah Dr
DeForest, WI 53532
Phone: (608) 417-3370

UnityPoint Health – Meriter Therapy West

5752 Tokay Blvd
Madison, WI 53719
Phone: (608) 417-8050