For Children

Growing up is hard,

for parents and children alike. As a mother, it has been my experience that being confronted with the pain and discomfort of one’s children is one of life’s greatest parenting challenges.  Over and above the usual, life sometimes throws in some extra difficult problems, threatening to drive a household’s sanity over the edge. Pelvic floor issues affect every member of the family.

Through the embrace and evaluation

of children with bed-wetting, constipation and potty accidents, parents and children learn to understand the big “down under” and how to engage this sensitive problem.

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What is urinary incontinence? Urinary incontinence is leaking of urine, and you can not control it   Did you know that there are FOUR types of urinary leakage? 1 stress incontinence – Urine leaks out at times when your bladder or belly is under sudden increase of pressure; for example, when you sneeze, cough,laugh,jump or […]

Urinary incontinence – leaks and spurts Urinary leakage is an involuntary loss of urine that happens in an inappropriate place or time. The child must be five years of age, have a minimum of one episode per month and a minimum duration of three months for an official diagnosis to be made (Austin et al., […]

Children with constipation experience a lot of anxiety. Relaxation techniques may help to decrease anxiety. There are many relaxation techniques available. There are even apps available for your cellphone to help you practice mindfulness, relaxation exercises or breathing. Here is my combination of progressive muscle relaxation techniques combined with visualization and deep breathing. Use what […]

“A Physiotherapist assesses, treats and manages a wide variety of injuries including ailments from the fields of orthopaedics, neurology, respiratory and thoracic, cardio-vascular, obstetrics, sports medicine, paediatrics, geriatrics, intensive care units and general rehabilitation. Other medical fields and community care also falls within the scope of physiotherapy. “ (definition: HPCSA website, accessed 17 July 2017) […]

Bladder and bowel diary template

• If you experience leakage more in the night, try to cut out fluids for at least two hours before bedtime. Empty the bladder just before you go to bed. • If you experience more leakage in the day, avoid coffee, caffeine, fizzy drinks and spicy foods as they can irritate the bladder. Only drink […]

Constipation in children Constipation affects between 0.7 to 29.6% of children under the age of eighteen. Almost two thirds of constipated children are thought to suffer from chronic functional constipation (CFC) CFC is when there are no obvious structural or neurological cause for the constipation.  How do you solve a problem you can't see? We [...]