Diagnosing Bladder Control Problems
Careful Diagnosis Needed to Uncover Cause
While bladder control problems may be related to behavior or development issues, there are times when a physical concern may be to blame. Careful diagnosis can uncover the cause of painful urination, poor bladder control, and/or recurrent UTIs and may identify conditions that affect the sphincter muscles that control urine flow. A proper diagnosis by our experienced pediatric urology team ensures your child receives personalized treatment that cures the condition, when possible.
Comprehensive Physical Exam
A comprehensive physical exam gives us important information about your child's bladder and bowel function. The physical exam includes simple tests of your child’s lower-body reflexes, muscle strength, and sensations to check for any brain or nerve problems. Your child’s urologist may also request:
- Blood and urine tests to look at kidney function and rule out infection
- An ultrasound to examine the urinary tract, bladder, or kidneys
- An MRI to look for kidney, bladder, or spinal cord problems that could affect urinary function
We Are Thorough but Avoid Unnecessary Testing
Depending on your child's symptoms and test results, we may use other tests to take a closer look at how your child’s bladder, kidneys, and urethral sphincter muscles function. Our goal is to be thorough but to avoid subjecting your child to unnecessary testing.