Potty training is a challenging transition for all parents and children, and during these years, accidents can occur. By kindergarten, a typically-developing child's neuromuscular system is developed enough to have bowel and bladder control. However, after age five, about 15% of children continue to wet the bed. If your child has developmental delays, including autism, those accidents can go on even longer.
Persistent accidents - whether bedwetting or during the day - can have emotional and psychological effects on both children and parents. The key is getting to the root cause, whether that involves the pelvic floor muscles, sensory integration disorder, or challenging behaviors.
Symptoms may include:
- bedwetting or daytime incontinence
- leaks or accidents
- urinary tract infections
- bowel/stool accidents
- frequent urination
- limited locations for toileting ( i.e. will only go at home)
Our team of experts can work with your child to train the pelvic floor and gain control over weak, over- active, or non-coordinated muscles. Our therapists can address self-care skills, sensory issues, increase awareness of where toileting should occur, and support family goals and expectations that make up the toilet training process. This targeted approach results in fewer accidents, more sleepover invitations, and less anxiety for you and your child.
For more information or to see if your child is ready for potty training, click here: Potty_Ready.pdf