Medical problems in children withholding urine

(KTSF by Jo Wan)

Withholding urine is very common in children from kindergarten through 8th grade. According to Anne Arnhym, Pediatric Nurse practitioner at University California of San Francisco children become absorbed in whatever they’re doing and don’t take time out to go to the bathroom. So they hold it until the very last minute. Arnhym says when urine stays in the bladder for a long time, more germs are made and can cause urinary track infection. According to US Department of Health and Human Service, urinary tract infections affect about 3 percent of children in the United States every year. Arnhym adds that parents should try to encourage their children to go as soon as they feel the need.
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