Voiding Dysfunction Treatment in Hyderabad
Going to the toilet may seem to be a simple thing, but it involves several signals to ensure that the bladder does what the brain tells. The bladder and the urethra should also work together to handle urination habits. If these things do not happen due to any reason, it can lead to a condition called voiding dysfunction. Voiding dysfunction is a broad term used to describe unhealthy urinary habits. It is one of the most common problems in children.
The severity of this condition ranges from mild to severe. It can affect children both physically and psychologically. If it is left untreated, it can damage the kidneys.
Types of Voiding Dysfunction
There are different types of voiding dysfunction such as:
- Overactive bladder: It occurs when the bladder is hyperactive and your child has an urgent need to urinate even if the bladder is not full. This condition can make your child urinate more than 10 times a day. This condition is related to urinary tract infections, stress, etc. But this condition can improve with age.
- Dysfunctional voiding: If your child has this condition, his or her bladder never gets emptied completely as the muscles that control urine are not fully relaxed. It can lead to wetting during the daytime, and night, and your child also feels that the bladder is always full. If this condition becomes severe, it can lead to a kidney infection.
- Underactive bladder: If your child has an underactive bladder, he urinates less frequently in a day. He can stay for more than 12 hours without urinating. Your child may wet the bed as the bladder muscles become weak and they do not listen to the brain signals to empty the bladder.
Common Signs of Voiding Dysfunction
The following are the common signs of voiding dysfunction:
- A frequent urge to urinate
- Pain during urination
- Urinary tract infections
- Urinary incontinence
What Causes Voiding Dysfunction?
Voiding dysfunction can be associated with your child’s anatomy, bathroom habits, etc. The following are the common causes:
- Abnormality of the brain that affects how the nerves control the bladder
- Urinary tract infections
- Holding urine as your child is busy with activities and does not wish to take a break for the bathroom
- Stress incontinence such as wetting while coughing
- Inadequate urination as your child does not relax pelvic muscles completely to empty the bladder
- Rushing out of the bathroom quickly
- Experiencing pain during urination due to urinary tract infections and hence your child denies going to the bathroom
Diagnosing Voiding Dysfunction
The doctor will ask you about your child’s voiding patterns and will conduct a physical exam to rule out other neurological causes. The doctor will conduct a urine analysis to look for any urinary tract infections. A renal or bladder scan can help to know if there are any anatomic abnormalities.
A uroflow test may also be performed to know about the urine flow and how your child is relaxing pelvic muscles during urination.
How Can I Help My Child Overcome Voiding Dysfunction?
If your child’s condition is mild, and if the test results are normal, then no treatment is required and it goes away on its own. In most cases, this condition can be treated by teaching healthy bowel and bladder habits to your child. The following tips can help you:
- Teach your child to go to the bathroom when he/she wakes up, and for every 2 to 3 hours and before sleeping at night
- Let your child have enough fluid intake in a day
- Ensure your child has good fiber intake and fruits in a day to prevent constipation
- Avoid bladder irritants such as caffeine, coloured and carbonated beverages, etc.
- Teach your child double voiding after each void to ensure complete emptying of the bladder
Some children may require medications to relax the bladder. In very rare cases, your child may need extensive reconstructive surgery to increase bladder capacity.
Meet Dr Mallikarjuna Reddy Today to Treat Voiding Dysfunction in Your Child
Dr Mallikarjuna Reddy is one of the best paediatric urologists in Hyderabad. He has over 30 years of experience treating various urological issues in children. Dr Mallikarjuna Reddy along with his team helps your child improve his/her bladder function and get rid of the signs of voiding dysfunction. He first tries to treat your child’s condition using conservative and non-surgical methods. He also treats children with voiding dysfunction who do not respond to conservative methods. He also works with other doctors to know if there is any other condition causing voiding dysfunction. To know more, call us today.