Do children experience incontinence? Yes, children can experience incontinence. In fact, 3 to 5 per cent of children aged between five and 17 have a daytime wetting problem. One third of these children will also experience bedwetting. Day wetting is more common in girls than boys, however, boys have more bedwetting issues than girls. Both of these problems tend to improve with age but children do not necessarily grow out of it.
About 1 to 3 per cent of children experience soiling (faecal incontinence) and they may also experience wetting.
Learn more about the common bladder and bowel control problems experienced by children and how they can be managed and/or treated
Our Healthy Bladder and Bowel Habits in Schools project aims to raise awareness of healthy bladder and bowel habits among Australian primary schools. Check out the Toilet Tactics Kit and get your school community involved.
If you are caring for someone with bladder or bowel problems, practical tips and advice are available to assist you with your care. Read more on caring with someone with incontinence.