Oklahoma Health News | A Discussion with Pediatric Urologist, Adam Rensing, MD

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On Oklahoma Health News Presented by Oklahoma Children’s Hospital, Adam Rensing, MD, pediatric urologist with OU Health Physicians, sits down with Jennifer Schultz, Senior Vice President of Marketing and External Relations for OU Health, to discuss all things pediatric urology.

The OU Health Physicians pediatric urology team sees children for a wide variety of conditions, ranging from common bladder and urinary tract infections to congenital defects that require a higher level of care.

It is not uncommon for young children to experience bladder infections and urinary tract infections. Sometimes these can be seen during the potty training phase. Bedwetting is also something that children can experience briefly or long term. Bedwetting can be stressful for parents and kids, but it is important to be patient. While causes for bedwetting are not specifically known, a leading theory is the brain while under a deep sleep does not receive the signal of the full bladder, causing the bladder to empty without the child waking up.

Another common topic that Dr. Rensing addresses with families are the considerations that parents need to take when having a baby boy. It is important to discuss circumcision after birth and to have the appropriate exams prior to circumcision. Having a genital exam will ensure that the circumcision is safe and a testicular exam will confirm that both testicles have descended. Having these examinations at birth ensures that if surgery is needed, it can happen early between 6 months and 18 months of age to provide the best health outcomes as the child grows.

Another common issue that is rising among pediatric patients are kidney stones. While the cause is unknown, in most cases it can be linked to the child’s diet. Symptoms of a kidney stone are flank pain, nausea, vomiting and sometimes fevers.

At Oklahoma Children’s Hospital, patients will find the latest technology and the highest level of expertise for urology care. The pediatric urology clinic is made up of a team of 3 fellowship-trained pediatric urologists as well as advanced practice providers who are dedicated to pediatric urology. When a child’s condition requires surgery, the team is skilled in a minimally invasive approach, allowing for small incisions that help the child get back to their active lifestyles.

Learn more about OU Health Physicians pediatric urology services.