Qualified and experienced Paediatric Continence Physiotherapists work as part of a multi-disciplinary service for children with bowel and bladder dysfunction to offer skilled assessment using state of the art equipment, and appropriate evidence based treatment. The emphasis is on quality and sensitive care of children and families.

Appropriate conditions include

  • Constipation / faecal retention
  • Faecal incontinence (previously called encopresis) or soiling
  • Failure to toilet train for either bowel or bladder
  • Day wetting, urinary urgency, recurrent urinary tract infections
  • Bed wetting – primary or secondary, refractory to treatment
  • Children with both developmental and continence problems

Depending on the assessment, interventions may include

  • Education of parents and child
  • Toileting programs
  • Teaching correct defaecation muscle dynamics
  • Pelvic floor muscle training / relaxation
  • Bio feedback
  • Bedwetting alarm programmes
  • Neuromodulation (TENS, Interferential)
  • Liaison with kindergartens and schools
  • Working with medical or other specialist and services

Children with problems present for longer than 6 months may be eligible for an Enhanced Primary Care Rebate from Medicare – check with your GP.