Childhood bladder problems can persist into teenage years

October 16, 2018

ERIC

Resarechers at the University of Bristol have found that children with bladder problems are more likely to continue having problems in teenage years if the underlying issues are left untreated. The Alspac study into incontinence in adolescents found that children with day and night-time wetting problems have a 23-fold increased risk of bedwetting at the age of 14. The researchers concluded that "Urinary incontinence is common in childhood and if not managed properly can seriously affect a child’s quality of life and self-esteem. Incontinence gets harder to treat as children grow older. It also becomes more socially unacceptable, which can significantly impact on a person’s quality of life, mental health and ability to hold down a job. There’s lots of professional help available and it’s important to access it in good time. A “wait and see” approach is not always appropriate and we would encourage parents, teachers and GPs to seek help for affected children." You can read more on theERIC website.