Treatments for Voiding Dysfunction in Children

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Most treatment begins with a timed voiding schedule where you'll ask your child to go to the bathroom right when he wakes up, every two to three hours thereafter, and upon going to bed at night.

It's also important to have your child completely relax while urinating. These simple changes are often enough to help your child work through the problem.

In some children, however, medication may be necessary to decrease bladder hyperactivity enough to facilitate attempted changes in voiding habits.

Rarely, extensive reconstructive surgery such as bladder augmentation (adding a piece of the intestine or stomach to the bladder to increase bladder capacity) may be necessary.

If your child was also diagnosed with vesicoureteral reflux, that condition may get better on its own. If it doesn't, it may need to be treated surgically. For more information on what that means, see our page on vesicoureteral reflux.


Your child's doctor will want to follow up with you and your child to make sure everything's going well.

It's essential to prevent urinary tract infections and make sure that any other associated problems, such as vesicoureteral reflux, bladder dysfunction or kidney problems, are being appropriately controlled.

The key with voiding dysfunction is to identify it early on, treat it and limit the possible negative effects it can have on your child's urinary system.

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