The experienced physicians in the Center for Healthy Elimination and Bladder Rehabilitation (CHEER) at Boston Children’s Hospital provide nonsurgical care for common pediatric urology problems. We offer comprehensive evaluation and treatment of issues such as:
- urinary problems
- recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs)
- daytime accidents (enuresis)
- bedwetting (nocturnal enuresis)
The CHEER approach to care
We understand that urinary problems can be stressful and embarrassing for kids and parents alike — but you’re not alone. In fact, urinary dysfunction is one of the most common reasons that families are referred to a pediatric urologist. According to some estimates, nearly a fifth of children over age 5 experience issues with bladder or urinary tract dysfunction. Fortunately, many urologic conditions in early childhood can be treated with conservative, nonsurgical approaches.
CHEER is one of the only programs in the country to be co-led by both a pediatric urologist and a pediatrician. This allows us to focus on both urologic and general medical reasons for urinary difficulties. In addition to these experts in children’s urinary health, our support team includes nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, psychologists, and other experts from various disciplines, such as gastroenterology and neurology, all with one goal: to help your child achieve continence, prevent accidents, and stay dry.
First, our team will evaluate your child to make sure that a more serious underlying medical or surgical issue isn’t responsible for their urinary problems. Then, we’ll work with your family to create a customized treatment plan tailored to your child’s individual needs, answer your questions, address your concerns — and guide your family through this process with skill, compassion, and empathy, every step of the way.
No one likes to undergo uncomfortable tests — especially children. At CHEER, we rely primarily on non-invasive tests whenever possible, so your family can get answers about your child’s urinary concerns without unnecessary discomfort. These include:
- UroFlow and post-void residual
- electromyogram (non-invasive muscle testing)
A full spectrum of nonsurgical treatment options
At CHEER, we care for children whose urologic conditions don’t require surgery. Your child’s care team will create a personalized treatment plan, which may include a combination of educational, medical, behavioral, and rehabilitative approaches to help resolve their urinary problems. These include:
- urotherapy (education, instruction, lifestyle advice, and counseling)
- behavioral therapy
- pelvic floor muscle therapy
- medications, as deemed necessary
Easy access to your care team
When your child has a urinary problem, you want answers as soon as possible. With multiple locations in the Greater Boston area, your family doesn’t have to wait long for an appointment with one of our CHEER physicians. And for many follow-up appointments, virtual visits are an option — so you and your child can meet with your care team from the comfort of your own home.