It’s okay not to use the bathroom all day at school – FALSE
Kids may avoid going to the bathroom at school, but “holding it in” during the school day can lead to problems such as constipation or urinary tract infections. If the problem is ongoing, talk to your child’s pediatric doctor. They can help with physical problems and may even provide school notes to help advocate for more frequent bathroom visits. If the issue is related to anxiety, talk to your child to learn what issues in the restroom are making them anxious. Work together to find solutions. For instance, if they’re scared about germs, show them how to put toilet paper on the seat before sitting down.
Kids who see a pediatric urologist don’t need an adult urologist – FALSE
If your child sees a pediatric urologist, you may want to start thinking about moving them to an adult urologist during their teen years. These specialists have skills to help with medical problems in older teens and adults. They can treat urologic problems that need ongoing care. These may include kidney or bladder problems or congenital problems that affect the bladder, kidneys and genitalia. Adult urologists can also address issues that may be of great value to young adults such as sexual function and fertility. Ask your child’s pediatric urologist if they will need ongoing care. If so, ask them to help give a referral to an adult urologist.
Pediatric urologists only see boys – FALSE
Pediatric urologists treat many conditions that affect both girls and boys. In fact, some conditions such as UTIs tend to happen more often in girls than in boys. Other reasons girls and boys see a pediatric urologist are:
Genital problems that children are born with
Vesicoureteral reflux (VUR) - where urine travels backward from the bladder toward the kidney. About three-quarters of children treated for VUR are girls.
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