Bladder Control


Problems pertaining to bladder control seem to affect more women than men

This is a somewhat embarrassing topic isnt it? Not something people talk about out in the open. Yet, many are medically proven to be suffering from bladder control problems. It is also said that urinary incontinence isnt a disease but a symptom. It is treatable. Problems pertaining to bladder control seem to affect more women than men. Children too are not ignored by this symptom.

Bladder Control
Bladder Control

Before going into a little detail about bladder control problems, lets get a clearer picture on how the bladder works. Picture a balloon. The bladder is somewhat like a balloon. Lying in the lower part of the stomach or abdomen, it stores urine. Urine is released through the urethra. All of this motion is controlled by nerves, muscles, the spinal chord and the brain. The bladder and pelvic floor muscles coordinate between themselves to hold in the urine within the bladder, restricting any leaking. When the bladder gets full, signals run to your brain then it is time to release the urine.

Bladder control in babies is slightly a different story. Infants are too young and their nervous system is not developed enough to maintain bladder control. When a babys bladder is full, it automatically contracts. But as he or she grows older the nervous system will develop. And the bladder would then work just as mentioned above. Bladder control would then be as in any adult, that is, an adult who had no bladder control related problems.

Problems with bladder control happen less after the child is around 5 years of age. But it is said that around 10% of 5 year olds, 5% of 10 year olds and 1% of 18 year olds may have a few bladder control problems. Here is a fact that you may not have known. Loss of bladder control is twice as common in girls as in boys. Bedwetting is one result that stems from this problem. Bedwetting is known to have a strong inherited factor. In other words it can be something that comes down the family line.

Bladder problems in children who are between the ages of 5 and 10 can be due to small bladder capacity or long sleeping periods and undeveloped or underdeveloped body alarms. This bladder control problem will fade away as the bladder grows. Anxiety in the lives of children between 2 and 4 may lead to loss of bladder control before their bodies achieve proper bladder control. Some of these anxiety factors may include angry parents, unfamiliar social situations and even situations such as the birth of a brother or a sister.

Though children may not express it, loss of bladder control can be embarrassing and such children are easy prey to bullies and teasers. Even in adults this situation causes much mental stress and social problems. Yet, it is not untreatable.