Voiding Dysfunction

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Voiding Dysfunction

Experience to Identify the Cause and Offer Care and Solutions


Voiding dysfunction is when a child doesn't relax the muscles properly while peeing. The result is a urine flow that dribbles, or else the bladder doesn’t empty all the way. An overactive bladder is the most common problem children experience — they may have to pee urgently, often, have discomfort, or even avoid the bathroom altogether (hold their urine). There could be an underlying medical reason, or your child is just too busy to take a bathroom break when they should. But over time, these symptoms and habits can lead to urinary issues. With voiding dysfunction, it might be difficult, embarrassing or simply not possible for your child to say what’s wrong. At Nemours, our pediatric urology team has the experience and sensitivity to care for your child in a way that helps them feel comfortable.

Services We Offer for Voiding Dysfunction

Services We Offer for Voiding Dysfunction


We offer a variety of diagnostic and treatment services, which may vary depending on the condition or location, including:

  • antibiotics (to treat urinary tract infections as a result of voiding dysfunction) 
  • neurology (for when brain-related or developmental symptoms cause voiding dysfunction)
  • behavioral health (to help children manage medical conditions or change habits that may have led to the voiding dysfunction) 
  • biofeedback and interactive games (used in our bladder and continence clinics, these are part of behavior therapy that teaches your child to relax and listen to their body’s internal signals)
  • medical imaging (to see if there are any blockages of urine flow)
  • urodynamics studies (tests that show how well the bladder and urethra are storing and releasing urine)
  • urology surgery (if there’s a surgical reason for voiding dysfunction)
  • voiding cystourethrogram or VCUG (an X-ray exam that checks the bladder and the flow of pee)
Why Choose Us for Voiding Dysfunction

Why Choose Us for Voiding Dysfunction


If your child needs urology care for voiding dysfunction, you can count our Nemours experts to find sensitive ways to talk about and treat it. We’re board-certified and fellowship-trained in pediatric urology, and highly experienced in minimally invasive procedures if your child needs surgery. Once the reason for your child’s voiding dysfunction has been diagnosed and treated, our pediatric health system also offers bladder and continence clinics to help them improve control of their urinary function using innovative techniques and a recognized team approach. 

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Regional Voiding Dysfunction Highlights

Services, programs, facilities and teams to care for voiding dysfunction differ at each location. Call for details.

We offer voiding dysfunction care for kids at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children (Wilmington, Del.) and select Nemours duPont Pediatrics locations. 

We offer voiding dysfunction care for kids at Nemours Children’s Hospital (Orlando) and outpatient appointments at select Nemours Children’s Specialty Care locations. 

We offer voiding dysfunction care for kids at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville and our hospital affiliate, Wolfson Children’s Hospital, with outpatient and follow-up appointments available at select Nemours Children’s Specialty Care locations. 

We offer voiding dysfunction care for kids at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Pensacola and our hospital affiliate West Florida Healthcare

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