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Urinary Disorders

Bladder Spasms in My Child

02/26/2009

Question:

My son is having serve pain in his bladder area. It`s usually when he has been holding his urine for along time. How can I relieve his pain. And what is the cause of the bladder spasm. I took to John Hopkins 2yrs ago for the same thing and they said it is bladder spasms.

Answer:

It sounds like it is a spontaneous contraction of the bladder (which is a muscle) because it is too full. These can be quite painful. Another cause is significant constipation. The initial treatment is to have him use the restroom every 2 to 2 1/2 hours and if there is constipation, we usually prescribe glycolax powder. In your son's situation, these measures will probably be effective.

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Response by:

Jack S Elder, MD, FACS, FAAP Jack S Elder, MD, FACS, FAAP
Clinical Professor of Urology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University