Incontinence of any kind can be an embarrassing problem for children and their families. To help combat this condition, Beaumont Children’s Hospital has a new physical therapy program for kids affected by bladder or bowel incontinence.
The Get Rid of Wetness, or GROW, program is for children ages 5 to 17. It is being offered at three Beaumont outpatient facilities in Royal Oak, St. Clair Shores and West Bloomfield. The specialized program includes physical therapists trained in pediatric incontinence and is led by Kevin Feber, M.D., a pediatric urologist. This new program was developed by Rehabilitation Services and Beaumont Children’s Hospital.
About 5 to 7 million children in the United States are affected by pelvic floor dysfunction, which includes daytime urinary incontinence, recurrent urinary tract infections, constipation, bowel leakage and bed wetting.
Incontinence can affect boys and girls of any age, but it is not a normal part of everyday life. It may affect a child’s self-esteem and social interactions.
“We use the latest research and treatments to compassionately address each family’s concerns and symptoms,” Dr. Feber explains. “There is hope. We communicate with your child’s physician to ensure complete care, and we evaluate each child to develop an individualized, age appropriate program to deal with bowel or bladder dysfunction.”
The program involves patient and family education, and noninvasive biofeedback treatment, which focuses on contraction and relaxation of the child’s pelvic floor to learn control of muscles related to incontinence.
“Our program is unique to Southeastern Michigan,” says coordinator and physical therapist, Kristen Maike, adding that it is a collaboration between Beaumont’s pediatric rehabilitation and pelvic floor dysfunction programs.
The therapy requires a doctor’s prescription. The three facilities are open Monday through Friday. Treatment may be covered by health insurance. Social work and counseling services are also available.
For more information, call the location nearest you:
Beaumont Health Center in Royal Oak, at 248-655-5700
Beaumont Rehabilitation Services in St. Clair Shores, at 586-447-4070
Beaumont Medical Center, West Bloomfield, at 248-855-7411