Posted by: sadmom | 2008/07/17


adhd and bladder control

my daughter had adhd that is controlled when she is at school with ritalin. when she is not on ritalin she is very diefient. added to that she has a problem controlling her bladder, she is now turning 9 yrs old and thought she sud have outgrown this by now. does anyone have any advise for me?


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ADHD Expert

Dear Sad Mom,
Bladder and bowel control, although not a very common difficulty experienced in children with ADD/ADHD, is not unheard of. You said that your daughter is defiant once the Ritalin wears off; I wonder if her lack of bladder control is a way of continuing this defiant behaviour. Some children with ADHD have Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) as well; while others who are diagnosed with ADHD are in fact ODD, which can also be treated with Ritalin. It may be worthwhile taking your daughter to be re-evaluated by the health professional who originally diagnosed her. A change in medication may also allow her brain chemistry to be more stable eliminating the up and down effect she has presently.
Kind regards.

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Posted by: nikki | 2008/10/16

my 8yr old son has adhd and cannot control his bedwetting but now that hes been placed in a day treatment school instead of regular school hes starting to wet consistly throughout the day.
when ask why he states he can' t help it when they make him nervous.

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Posted by: sadmom | 2008/08/20

Hi Shorty

My daugher had the same problem with bladder and her bowl. stools were blocking up the system and not been passed. kept giving her fibre to help but it is related to feeling the urge. we had to give our daughter an enima everyday for 3 months to help and assist clearing the bowl, it is not nice but it worked for her. we make sure she eats lots of fruit and yoghurt and ensure she does pass a stool everyday.
i hope that help you. we took her to see a very good paed, surgeun at sandton clinic.

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Posted by: shorty | 2008/08/14

How do I find out what is causing it and how do I treat it. My son has this as a daily problem. His stools are are larger than adults. Can it be he is not feeling the normal urge? Is there another reason besides not feeling the urge? Thank you.

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Posted by: Sadmom | 2008/08/06

Thank you for your reply. She has been dignosed with ODD. we have tried her on the long acting ritalin but she appears to need the effect of the ritalin like now. is there another tab that is long acting and as effective as ritalin that you may suggest?

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