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If you have read other posts on my blog, then you probably know what a bladder is and how it stores your urine until you take a pee. A big bladder means you can hold it in longer and small bladder means you better be nearby a bathroom. In fact many young children with bedwetting problems find themselves running to the bathroom at the last minute. These usually is a sign that the kid has a very small bladder, or maybe there just too busy watching TV or playing games. Have you ever wondered how big your bladder is, you might of think that it’s impossible, but it isn’t.
The best way to measure your bladder is to keep a 2 day record of how much you pee each time you go to the bathroom. You may want to do it over the weekend so that you can take measurements at home for more privacy.
What you Need
- A 16 ounce plastic measuring cup pr container
- An index card
- A pen or pencil
Measuring Your Bladder
- Keep all of your supplies in the bathroom that you usually use at home.
- When you feel the urge to pee, go to the bathroom and pee in the cup or container. This is easy for boys, but for girls you might want to try sitting on the toilet backwards.
- Record how much urine is in the cup (in ounces) on the index card.
- Don’t forget to empty the container in the toilet and wash it out.
- To get the most accurate picture of your bladder size, you should have 8-10 measurements. If you don’t have that many, you should extend the experiment for another day.
Kids sometimes forget to pee in the container, you might want to leave the toilet seat down and place a reminder note on the seat.
How to Tell if your Bladder is Small
A child’s normal bladder size (in ounces) equals the child’s age + 2. Therefore, the average 6-year-old has a bladder size of about 8 ounces. If the child is 10, his bladder should be able to hold 12 ounces of urine. Kids who are 12-years and older have a bladder that’s the same size as an adult around – 12-16 ounces.
Age Normal Bladder Size Small Bladder Size
6 years old 6-10 ounces 5 or less ounces
7 years old 7-11 ounces 6 or less ounces
8 years old 8-12 ounces 7 or less ounces
9 years old 9-13 ounces 8 or less ounces
10 years old 10-14 ounces 9 or less ounces
11 years old 11-15 ounces 10 or less ounces
12 years or older 12-16 ounces 11 or less ounces
A few reasons why it’s worth knowing the size or your child’s bladder. You will want to know if your young one’s bladder is small, because there are things that you can do to help. Kids with a small bladder should drink more water during the day. You can make sure your child always has quick access to a bathroom. Children are less likely to respond to the medication Desmopressin.