Wetting, Infections, and Stooling Help (WISH) Contact number | 202-476-5042

Many children suffer from urinary tract infections, bedwetting, daytime incontinence (wetting), painful or difficult urination, urinary frequency, urgency, penile and vaginal pain.  Bowel and bladder dysfunction (voiding disorders) are fairly common in children, and our dedicated team is here to help.

The WISH Clinic at Children’s National Health System helps parents and kids successfully overcome urinary tract problems.

Wetting, Infection, and Stooling Help at Children’s National

There is no one cause for urinary tract problems in children, and so there is no one treatment. At Children’s National, the experienced staff at our WISH Clinic takes the time to evaluate your child and give a range of options for treatment.

Features of our WISH program include:

  • Expertise: Our team includes a board certified pediatric urologist, a pediatric urology nurse, nurse practitioners and a clinical nurse specialist.
  • Comprehensive evaluations: We perform a thorough, 30-minute evaluation to help us create a treatment plan designed for your child and his or her individual needs.
  • Personalized treatment plans: We outline treatment regimens in detailed, take-home handouts that we review with you during your visit.  We provide families with additional sources of information so they can learn more about causes and options beyond what is possible during the clinic visit.
  • Convenient, local services: Clinic appointments are available at the Medical Center and at several of our Regional Outpatient Center locations throughout Maryland and Virginia.

WISH Clinic Evaluations: What to Expect

We schedule all appointments for 30 minutes so we can take the time to fully evaluate your child and discuss treatment options with you.

Most children with bladder and bowel dysfunction will not require invasive testing or radiologic studies. During your visit, your child’s evaluation will include one or more of the following:

  • Comprehensive physical exam and medical history
  • Completion of a bladder and bowel questionnaire
  • Urine testing
  • Bladder scan, in some cases

For more involved cases, we may recommend the following:

  • Renal bladder ultrasound with pre- and post-void images
  • Abdominal X-ray
  • Uroflow/EMG or urodynamic studies to help us evaluate how well the bladder works as it fills and empties.

Uroflow and urodynamic tests are available only at the Sheikh Zayed campus (CNHS) and the CNSV (Fairfax, VA).  

The Wetting, Infections, and Stooling Help (WISH) Team

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