What is Giggle Incontinence?
Giggle Incontinence is an involuntary and complete bladder emptying in response to laughter. The condition generally appears in girls younger than 18 years old, often between 7.5 – 15.5 years old. Most children and young adults who suffer from this condition don’t have any physical abnormalities. The cause is unknown, although a functional relationship to cataplexy (or sudden and transient episode of loss of muscle tone, often triggered by emotions) has been suggested.
Treatment for Giggle Incontinence
We recommend to schedule an appointment with one of our expertly trained Nurse Practitioners for further advice specific to your child. Our Nurse Practitioners will use management and prevention strategies, such as the use of medications and behavioral modifications. If this does not work, and dependent on the child’s condition, our team might discuss surgical options, such as Interstim Neuromodulation therapy.
The Good News
Giggle incontinence is not always a “forever” condition for the majority of children affected. Parents can help their children reduce or completely eliminate symptoms by calling 612-813-8000 (option #3) to set up an appointment and receive an effective treatment plan. Click here to view all of our convenient locations!