A bladder diary, how does that work?

A bladder diary gives you insight into the functioning of the bladder. For bladder-related complaints, this is the GP’s first step in the search for a diagnosis against bedwetting.

It provides some important insights:

  • When and how much moisture is absorbed
  • When and how much is urinated
  • How often there is an urgent urge to urinate
  • When and how much urine is ‘successful’

When to use a bladder diary

You can use a bladder diary before or after visiting your GP. It is never wrong to take a bladder diary with you on your first visit to the doctor.

The bladder diary brings important information to light by objectively and clearly recording daily habits and symptoms. This gives the general practitioner a good idea of the course of affairs in daily life.

How to use a urination diary?

It is important to note the time of waking up. This helps to see fluid intake and urine moments in a larger picture. The same goes for going to bed.

Write down what your child drinks (e.g., water, juice, lemonade) and especially, how much. It is of great value to keep track of exactly how much your child drinks. If you are unable to do this accurately, you can venture a good guess. There are some tips on the form to help you guess, but luckily the information is mentioned on most of the packaging!

Examples of common packaging:

Glass – 200ml

Cup – 125ml

Soup bowl – 250ml

Pack of drinks – 200ml

Write down how often and how much your child pees, both during the day and at night. GPs often give you something to measure the amount of urine, but a cup of which you know the contents can work just as well. Practical tip: place the cup near the toilet! 😉

Make sure to fill out the bladder diary for at least three days to get the most accurate notion possible. A diary that has only been kept for one day gives too much room for wrong conclusions and diagnoses! It is possible to arrange the measuring days independently, as long as they are ‘normal’ days.

Don’t forget to take the results with you when visiting your GP!

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