Learn about how your child’s bladder works
The bladder is a small muscular organ that is tucked in the front of the pelvis. It acts as a reservoir slowly collecting urine that’s filtered into it from the kidneys. So most of the time a bladder will have some urine in it, as it steadily fills and stretches.Gentle messages are sent to the brain to give it an update on the situation. Once the bladder is full, a reflex fires in, sending a more urgent message to say ‘it’s time to empty’! As a child’s control improves they develop the ability to recognise this sensation and hang on until they reach the toilet.
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About the author:
Jane Appleyard is the continence physiotherapist and pelvic floor advisor for De Smit Medical
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