Good Bladder Habits can improve bladder control
Poor bladder habits can lead to poor bladder control. This includes wetting yourself. This brochure has some easy steps you can take to keep your bladder healthy
Step 1 – Use good toilet habits
Step 2 – Keep good bowel habits
See a continence physiotherapist or continence nurse advisor to check that you are training your pelvic floor muscles the right way.
Step 3 – Drink plenty of water
Keep active. Physical activity helps to keep your bowels regular.
Step 4 – Look after your pelvic floor muscles
Cut down on how much caffeine and alcohol you drink. These may upset your bladder. There is caffeine in chocolate, coffee and tea. Avoid fizzy drinks which contain caffeine. These include cola and sports drinks.
Step 5 – Seek help
Seek help from your doctor, continence physiotherapist or continence nurse advisor if you:
wet the bed past the age of five.
You are not alone. Poor bladder and bowel control can be cured or better managed with the right treatment. If you do nothing, it might get worse. Phone expert advisors on the National Continence Helpline for free:
1800 33 00 66* (8am–8pm Monday to Friday AEST)
To arrange for an interpreter through the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National), phone 13 14 50 Monday to Friday and ask for the National Continence Helpline. Information in other languages is also available from continence.org.au/other-languages