Bladder-stretching exercises are done to help increase the
amount of urine that the bladder can hold (bladder capacity) and to teach the
child to hold urine for longer periods of time. To teach a child
Have the child drink lots of liquids during the
Have the child practice holding off going to the bathroom for
as long as possible during the day.
Keep a record of how long the
child can wait before urinating. Encourage him or her to hold the urine for
increasing amounts of time. Usually, children can increase the length of time
that they can hold their urine by 2 to 3 minutes each day.
Children who are known to have small bladder capacity may
stop daytime accidental wetting by using this method. For children who wet the
bed, this method may reduce the number of times the child wets (or needs to get
up to urinate) during the night and may help the child in the long run, but
usually it will not produce completely dry nights in the short term.
It is difficult to know whether a child's bed-wetting is caused mainly by
a small bladder capacity, although a health professional may use tests to
determine a child's bladder capacity.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Thomas Emmett Francoeur, MD, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
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