How pediatric urology experts can help

How pediatric urology experts can help

As a parent, it can be difficult to know when your child’s bladder problems need medical attention. For example, is your son’s bedwetting just a phase or a sign of something more serious? When are your daughter’s urinary tract infections something to worry about? At University Hospitals Urology Institute’s Pediatric Urology Center at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, pediatric urologists help parents get to the bottom of these and other concerns.

“As specialists, we are trained to look at the big picture. Many urologic problems, such as urinary incontinence, are just part of the story,” explains Lynn Woo, MD, a pediatric urologist at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. “We help identify and treat any possible underlying medical issues as well as other factors contributing to the problem.”

The Pediatric Urology Center at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital is ranked as one of the best children’s hospitals in the nation for pediatric urology care. The center offers advanced diagnostic and treatment options, including minimally invasive surgery and a urinary voiding dysfunction clinic. Below, Dr. Woo highlights some of the most common reasons why parents seek out care from the Pediatric Urology Center.

Bedwetting and bladder issues

Potty training is not always easy. When it does not go smoothly, how do you know whether your child has a medical problem or is just a late bloomer?

“Every child is different. But as a general rule, if your son or daughter is not dry through the night by age six, you may want to have a consultation with a pediatric urologist,” explains Dr. Woo. “You should also see a specialist if your child is suddenly having new urinary problems day or night after being previously potty trained.”

Dr. Woo explains that there are many reasons bedwetting or urinary incontinence can occur, from the stress of a life change to a urinary tract infection. “There may not be any problem at all, but it can be helpful to rule out any serious diagnoses,” she says.

Urinary tract infections

A urinary tract infection (UTI), which may affect both babies and children, can be treated by a pediatrician. But when your child has experienced multiple UTIs, it may be time to see a pediatric urologist.

“Recurrent urinary tract infections may be a sign that something more is going on. For example, your child may have an anatomic abnormality contributing to the infections,” says Dr. Woo. “It is also common for children with recurrent UTIs to have some kind of abnormal voiding behaviors or voiding dysfunction.”

This is often associated with urine leakage or accidents, and children may have issues with their bowel function as well. Voiding dysfunction is not necessarily under voluntary control by the child. However, it is important to identify and treat the condition, which can be very frustrating for both patients and their parents.

Congenital issues

Pediatric urologists also perform surgery to treat a wide range of birth defects involving organs inside the body, like the kidneys, bladder and reproductive organs, and problems with the genitalia in both boys and girls.

“Our primary surgical goals include allowing a child to achieve or maintain urologic function with an additional focus on providing the best cosmetic outcome possible,” says Dr. Woo.

UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital pediatric urologists often offer same- or next-day appointments at convenient community locations. To set up an appointment, call 216-UH4-KIDS (216-844-5437).

Conditions we treat

Some of the many issues treated by pediatric urologists at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital include:

  • Bedwetting and bladder dysfunction
  • Abnormalities of the kidneys, ureters and bladder
  • Abnormalities of the genitals in boys (penis, testicles) and in girls (labia, vagina)
  • Hernias, hydroceles
  • Kidney stones
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Blood in the urine
  • Prenatally diagnosed urinary tract abnormalities – prenatal counseling
Lynn Woo

Lynn Woo, MD
Pediatric Urologist, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Request an Appointment

Request an appointment with a specialist at University Hospitals.
216-UH4-KIDS 216-844-5437 or use our Online Request Form

Hooray for Helmets

Register to win a family four-pack of bike helmets.

Need to Refer a Patient?

Click here for Patient Referrals

Browse Services A-Z

Maps and Directions

Click here for directions