My daughter, who is 10 has recently started to have accidents during the day. She doesn’t always feel like she needs a wee, but it just happens. Not sure if i should discuss this with the doctor or if it’s just a phase she’s going through. Any advice would be greatly appreciated as this is starting to affect her confidence now.
Sorry to hear your daughter is experiencing this.
Although your daughter may feel embarrassed, it can be invaluable to take her to a Doctor. Although unlikely, you need to ensure she has no serious underlying health problem.
Has she explained when she has the leaks and what causes them? For example, has she mentioned leaking during exercise such as during P.E, or do they occur randomly? This is important in determining what type of incontinence she has. Are you aware of any recent accidents or other factors that you feel could be causing this?
You can read about the different types of incontinence here and ask her which of these sound familiar. These conditions are only labelled so it is easy to find appropriate treatment, do not worry about this.
Is she having heavy or light urine leaks and is she mobile? If you let me know this, I am happy to recommend products for her.
In the meantime, ensure you do not make her feel bad about leaks. Let her know you are looking for a solution rather than punishing her. Try and ensure she avoids drinking caffeinated beverages and food and drink that are high in sugar.
You can read our blog on teenage incontinence for additional guidance. Although your daughter is slightly younger, some of these tips will be useful.