Voiding Dysfunction

Voiding dysfunction describes any problem that children have with emptying or filling their bladder. An overactive bladder is one of the most common types of voiding dysfunction in children and causes sudden urges to pee. With a voiding dysfunction, it might be difficult, embarrassing or simply not possible for your child to say what’s wrong. Our pediatric urology team has the experience and sensitivity to care for children in a way that helps them feel comfortable.

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Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington

1600 Rockland Road
Wilmington, DE 19803
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For Appointments: (302) 651-4200

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What to Bring
  • photo ID
  • medical and pharmacy insurance cards
  • preferred pharmacy name and phone number
  • names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
  • guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
Returning Patients
  • Patient Presents Without Legal Guardian (PDF)
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    Note: A parent or legal guardian must be with a child for a first visit.
Forms & Resources
Returning Patients
  • Patient Presents Without Legal Guardian (PDF)
    English | Spanish
    Note: A parent or legal guardian must be with a child for a first visit.
Resources for Patients & Families

Our expertise in pediatric urology draws patient-families from around the country and world to Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del.

We know how difficult it can be to deal with urological conditions, especially if surgery is needed. We do our best to clearly explain treatment options, to answer your questions and address all of your concerns. Some of our pediatric urologists are fluent in other languages, including Spanish and Arabic languages.

Specialized Care for Pediatric Urology Problems

Nemours urologists are board certified and fellowship trained in pediatric urology. This means that they have the expertise to diagnose and treat genital and urinary problems in infants, children and adolescents. See what we have to offer to help care for your child’s urological condition at duPont Hospital for Children.

The Bladder Clinic

The clinic is led by our experienced and compassionate nurse practitioner who works in conjunction with our pediatric urologists to take care of your child’s bladder problems.

Our comprehensive program is specifically designed for the evaluation and management of urinary incontinence in kids, including voiding dysfunctions such as daytime wetting, urinary urgency and frequency, or nighttime bedwetting in
older children.

We understand that bladder problems can be embarrassing for children. We also know that developmental, emotional and behavioral issues can complicate dysfunctional elimination. We work to get to the heart of, and treat, all the medical and/or behavioral issues impacting a child’s inability to void normally.

Kidney and Bladder Care Program

Kidney and urinary issues are frequently inter-related, especially in children. For this reason, we implemented our Kidney and Bladder Care Program, which is staffed by a pediatric nephrologist and a pediatric urologist. Together, they can better evaluate and treat young patients with problems involving both the kidney and bladder. Here, you and your child have access to coordinated care from both board-certified specialists at the same time, on the same day. This approach provides added convenience for you, and also provides enhanced treatment planning between your child's doctors, nurses and your family. 

Kidney and bladder care conditions we treat include: 

  • voiding dysfunction (when the bladder doesn’t empty normally, causing too-frequent urination, daytime accidents and/or nighttime bedwetting)
  • congenital anomalies of the kidney and/or urinary tract
  • hematuria (blood in the urine)
  • obstructive uropathy (when urine can’t drain through a ureter — the tube that carries urine from the kidneys to the bladder — backing urine up into the kidney and causing it to become swollen)
  • kidney stones
  • bone and mineral disorders
  • chronic kidney disease

Our team also sees children with complex medical conditions such as cerebral palsyspinal dysfunction and spinal cord injuries, all of which can involve kidney and bladder problems.

For Children With Spina Bifida

The Spina Bifida Clinic is a coordinated program that gives children with spina bifida access to a team of specialists — including orthopedists, neurosurgeons, urologists and rehabilitation doctors — who can manage all of their medical needs in one place.
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Expertise in Pediatric Urologic Surgery

Nemours pediatric urologists have been selected as some of the "Best Doctors in America®." As board-certified specialists, our surgeons are able to provide the latest treatments and techniques, including laparoscopic and minimally invasive procedures that help promote faster healing and return to normal activities.

Offering the Region’s Most Advanced Robotic-Assisted Technology

As the first children’s hospital in the Philadelphia and Delaware area to offer the most advanced version of the da Vinci® robotic-assisted surgical system, our surgeons use this latest generation technology to perform very precise, less invasive surgical procedures. Our da Vinci® Si™ robotic-assisted technology provides 3-D imagery and views at 15-times magnification. This makes a number of advantages possible for our patients, include smaller incisions and scars, faster healing time, and less pain.

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Nemours Urologists in the Community

Our pediatric urologists provide consultations and treatment for newborns and children at: