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Figuring Out How Big Your Bladder Is

Category : Bladder

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

  1. Keep all of your supplies in the bathroom that you usually use at home.
  2. 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.
  3. Record how much urine is in the cup (in ounces) on the index card.
  4. Don’t forget to empty the container in the toilet and wash it out.
  5. 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.

Kids will small bladder will definitely be prone to constant bedwetting, you might want to invest in a bedwetting alarm, to prevent you child from sleeping in his own urine.

What Type Of Wetting Does My Child Have

Category : Bed Wetting, Children Bed Wetting

I bet you never thought there could be more than one type of wetting. Unfortunately bedwetting sometimes isn’t always so set on happening in the bed or at night.

Nighttime Wetting: Is obviously describes children who wet the bed when they’re sleeping at night; however it is not something that always happen at night. Children known to take naps during the day also wet the bed during the day as well.

Daytime Wetting: Describes a child who wets themselves while there awake, sometimes there simply in too of a relaxed position or maybe there to involved with their activities to make it to the bathroom.

Primary Wetting: Is for children who have never learned or been able to stay dry for longer than a few months. At times it might seem they have got over it, but it quickly returns.

Secondary Wetting: For less serious cases of wetting one’s self. Maybe the child just does it a few times a month.

Deciding which one of these your child falls under is pretty easy and simple requires you to observe your childs bathroom habits. Remember your child will often tells you what you want to here so make sure you observe closely and not rely on what your kid tells you.

Things That Can Contribute to Bedwetting

Category : Bed Wetting Causes

Although sometimes there seems to be no reason for your child wetting the bed. There are a few things that can contribute to bedwetting that you can take into account.

Family History is a big one, if you or your spouse had trouble with bedwetting, then it is safe to assume that your children will go through the same thing. Most children who wet the bed have at least one parent or maybe a relative that had the same issues when they were young.

Maybe your child is a deep sleeper, it’s hard for the brain to wake you up if your own mother can’t. Many kids are constantly active throughout the day and by the end of the night they are so exhausted they just pass out. There body is in full relax mode trying to make-up for all that expelled energy they used up during the day. In some cases the body is just too relaxed and your bladder is no different.

Too Much Urine at Night, and before you say it’s b/c he is drinking too much before bed – keep reading. One of the most amazing things about the urinary system is that the kidney’s actually know when it is night or day. It’s gets all of its information from the brain after all. The Kidney’s know that your asleep at night so they don’t produce as much urine at night. What happens is the brain makes a chemical at night that tells the kidneys to produce less urine. Some children don’t produce enough of that chemical and wet the bed because all the extra urine overloads their bladders.

Bladder too small then that’s probably what causing  your child to pee the bed. In fact a small bladder is probably the main reasons most kids don’t wake-up dry. Obviously if you have a small bladder it can’t hold as much urine as a normal size bladder. If your child’s bladder is small then he or she can’t hold it till morning. Although many doctors say it’s not good to hold your pee, many kids and adults do anyway, especially males.

Constipation can also be another cause for accidents at night. If your child has alot of poop in your rectum, it can push against your bladder and may confuse the nerve signals that go from your bladder to your brain, sending the wrong signal leads to bedwetting. Constipation can also lead to daytime accidents as well.