Small bladder, big problem?

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Does having a small bladder necessarily affect the ability to store fluids at night?

First, let’s draw a distinction between two types of bladder capacities:

Functional (functional) capacity – This is the fluid volume that triggers the contractions to begin in the filling bladder. This contraction causes stimulation and sends a signal to the brain.

Structural (structural) capacity – bladder volume. This volume is usually similar in bedwetters and non-bedwetters alike.

According to the small bladder theory, when the child learns to hold back during the day for longer periods, the functional capacity increases to a point that allows to achieve dryness at night. In that case, methods of restraint exercises designed to increase bladder volume aid in the bedwetting treatment process.

There is no doubt that a small bladder makes the process of restraint more difficult. At the same time, the question that remains unanswered is why bedwetters do not wake up at night because of bladder pressure?

As some children with small bladders wake up several times a night due to bladder pressure, it is believed that the bladder capacity is not the cause of bedwetting. At the same time, though, a small bladder may indeed be a contributing factor to bedwetting.

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