Exercises to help a child gain bladder control

Exercises can be done to strengthen the muscle that controls the release of urine from the bladder. These exercises may help the child gain better control of the bladder. For example, a child can learn to tighten the pelvic muscles, hold that position for 5 to 10 seconds, then rest for 5 seconds. Usually, the child repeats the exercise 10 times, three times a day.

You can also help your child gain control of his or her bladder muscles by:

  • Having the child practice starting and stopping the urine stream 3 to 5 times while urinating.
  • Encouraging the child to hold his or her urine for as long as possible after the urge to urinate begins.
  • Having the child go to the bathroom every hour during the day.
  • Encouraging the child to use the bathroom just before going to bed.

Last Updated: November 12, 2008

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