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11 yr old boy daytime wetting issue

Hi,

My 11yr old son has had mild constipation for years and is on 1 sachet of movicol per day. He poos once a day and soiling has ceased - yay! But...whenever he increases his liquid intake in summer he leaks urine a lot. Today he had soaked through his shorts in athletics club and had wet pants after cricket. He had a wee before both activities and during the cricket. He drank roughly 2l of water today (if not more). This does not happen in the winter. He is unaware of it (not sure how as it is v obvious from smell/stains). Any ideas before I go to GP please.

Thanks x

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I really feel for your son, it must be very embarrassing for him. I just wonder how you know he is drinking what he says he is drinking. I am no GP, but I would have thought that if he is drinking more than 2 litres per day, his wee would be weak and wouldn't smell very much. I would suspect that he is maybe cutting down on his drinking in an attempt to reduce the accidents (would appear logical to an 11 year old!!). Unfortunately, it is having the opposite effect. I'm probably barking up the wrong tree, but worth a thought.

xxx

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Our sons pee is absolutely stinking ! And weknow how much he drinks as he is with us ☹

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He has a water bottle at school and tells me if he refills it and I was at cricket so saw what he drank. He isn't embarrassed as 'nobody notices'. Mostly he doesn't notice either! His wee is weak so doesn't smell too bad. Today I asked him to go to the loo more often and there was an improvement until he was hit in the groin by a ball in cricket and he knew he had leaked. He let me watch him wee when he got in and I asked him to count to 10 after and try to see again. He was surprised more wee came out so looks like he's not emptying his bladder properly?

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Our son doesnt empty properly as he is so anxious and has PTSD due to being mauled by a dog.

Its a nightmare and no-one will help us 😭

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Sorry to hear that Stephanie. Luckily I think my son's only issue is laziness!

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Hey Lucy, has he been checked for an urinary tract infection? That can cause those symptoms including the smelly urine. I agree with the above post, if he is drinking that amount then his urine should not smell so something must be going on.

My son is on 1 Movicol sachet and produces soft poos every day. He stared wetting himself a few months back and I realised that although he wasn’t impacted his bowel was literally full of soft poo and this was affecting his bladder. I started giving Senna alongside the Movicol which stimulates the bowel to move the poo along. We’ve had great success with this - I wonder if it might be worth having a chat with your gp about. X

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Thanks. We will head to the GP I think but it is not a UTI as it isn't smelly (I can smell it because I am checking for it but not otherwise). One of the side effects of his hayfever meds is urinary retention so I am wondering if this might be it as he only has the prob in the summer when he takes those meds. May give the senna a try too x

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It sounds as if he needs a work up from a urologist including a urodynamics study. Also, you might want to ask him if he can tell when he's peeing. There may be something neurological going on that is affecting his ability to feel when he needs to go, or being aware of when he actually is going.

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