Pediatric Incontinence

The Incontinence Program is for children and adolescents at Children’s Developmental Center Incontinence Program. Laura McGuckin, Physical Therapist, runs this program and addresses the dysfunctions below in coordination with the child’s doctors.

To participate in the Incontinence Program at Children’s Developmental Center you will need a referral from your child’s doctor with an incontinence related diagnosis and ‘Physical Therapy Evaluation and Treatment.’ This program is available to children with additional diagnosis, for example: anxiety, autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Ehler’s Danlos. Appointments can be done in person at the clinic or via telehealth.

Laura
Physical Therapist

“I am a mother of an 8 year old girl that receives therapy from Laura McGuckin at Children’s Developmental Center. I have seen a great improvement in her urination and bowel movement times. Laura is very welcoming and makes a safe and healthy environment in which my daughter feels safe and happy, I also feel good taking her there. Laura is very knowledgeable. I also learn with my daughter about her health and well being thanks to Laura. When I ask my daughter what she thinks of her physical therapy and Laura she said, ‘I like it Laura is really nice, I get to learn about my muscles that help me control my pee and poop, I like going because it’s good for me.'”

Daytime Urinary Incontinence

This includes both frequent or infrequent wetting during the day, extreme urinary urgency, urine leakage with sports activity, urine leakage with coughing or sneezing, giggle incontinence, drops of leakage to full bladder emptying.

Urinary Tract Infections

If your child has frequent UTIs, they need to see a pediatric urologist who can then refer to this program.

Bed Wetting

There are many causes of bed wetting but the most common is increased stool in the rectum. This program can help determine the underlying cause of your child’s bedwetting and design a program for your child to stay dry overnight.

Fecal Incontinence

Loss of feces during the daytime: smears, small amounts in the underwear/pull up, to full bowel movements is embarrassing and can be an indicator of more serious issues with constipation.

Pelvic Pain

Pain with urination, bowel movements or post surgical. If your child complains of pain, they need to be seen by a physician who can then refer to this program if appropriate.