Department of Health


Poor bladder and bowel control is very common in children, causing worry for both parents and children. Being overweight and constipation are major health issues for Australian children, particularly at primary school age, where healthy habits are being formed for life.

Good toilet habits are important for everyone no matter what age, and it is vital to teach our children good habits for eating, drinking and toileting.  Bladder & bowel issues for children can include:

  • Wetting the bed - which is very common. More than 100,000 children in Australia are unable to control their bladder every night
  • Toilet training - which can be a stressful time in the lives of both the parents and the child
  • Going to school - can lead to bladder control problems where children are scared to use the toilets.

There are also a number of issues that are common to all ages: