What Causes Urinary Incontinence in Children?

What Causes Urinary Incontinence in Children?

Bedwetting and daytime wetting are both forms of urinary incontinence in children, the condition also known as enuresis. Episodes of urinary incontinence can sometimes be frustrating, though it's important to remember that it's not your child's fault and that there is treatment available. You can learn more about the different treatment options for urinary incontinence by reaching out to the health experts at Vamio, Dr. Stephen Canon, Dr. Honor Canon, and Dr. Danielle Sweeney, in both Arkansas and Texas provide convenient telehealth appointments.


Enuresis, or urinary incontinence, can happen both during the day and at night, many children experience it from time to time.

The condition is usually diagnosed in girls before boys because they are often able to learn to control their bladder at a younger age.


The condition can be caused by many possible issues, but the direct cause is not always known.

It could be brought on by anxiety, a small bladder, an overactive bladder, slower physical development, caffeine consumption, diabetes, urinary tract infection (UTI), and a variety of other likely problems.

To help diagnose the cause, your child's doctor may perform a variety of tests, including blood and urine, to determine if there is an underlying medical issue. They'll also perform a physical examination and ask you about your child's medical and family history, and if there are any recent sources of stress in your family's life.

Urinary Incontinence Treatment via Telemedicine

For many, enuresis often goes away on its own without treatment, but if your child's doctor determines treatment may be needed, there are many that can help.

Night waking your child on a schedule can help, as well as bladder training, and limiting their intake of caffeine and of liquids at certain times of the day.

Your doctor may also suggest counseling, especially for children dealing with anxiety, and prescribe medication to help calm bladder muscles.

If your child struggles with urinary incontinence you can schedule a consultation with Drs. Canon and Dr. Sweeney of Vamio in both Arkansas and Texas through a telemedicine appointment. Fill out a request online to schedule a consultation for your child.