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Constipation in Children Is Not Always Recognised

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This post has been written by June Rogers, Children’s Specialist Nurse at BBUK. Constipation in children is often unrecognised. Over time, this can result, in a large backlog of poo so that the child becomes ‘faecally impacted’. This is the medical term used to describe so much poo stuck in the bowel that it cannot be […]

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Sore Bottoms Caused By Disposable Nappies?

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This post has been written by Fiona Boorman, Children’s Specialist Nurse at BBUK. Recent reports in the press have suggested disposable nappies could be causing chemical burns to children’s bottoms. Product testing regulations in the UK are among the best in the world, so soreness due to a reaction to something in the nappy itself […]

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Managing Bedwetting in Children with Down’s Syndrome

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This post has been written by Davina Richardson, Children’s Specialist Nurse at Bladder & Bowel UK. Bedwetting is a common childhood problem that can affect any child. Having a learning disability or Down’s syndrome is not a reason for bedwetting. Children aged 5 years and older with a learning disability, such as Down’s syndrome, who […]

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Amanda Morgan Talks About Her Daughter’s Life with a Stoma

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Natasha from Disabled Living interviewed Amanda Morgan, mother of a young girl called Alyssa who lives with a stoma. Alyssa will be 4 years old this December. She has a condition called Dyskeratosis congenita (DC) Hoyeraal-Hreidarsson (HH) syndrome. This was diagnosed when she was 18 months after falling very ill at 13 months old. We […]

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Davina Talks About Continence Problems in Schools

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This post has been written by Davina Richardson, Children’s Specialist Nurse at Bladder & Bowel UK. Prevalence of continence problems Continence problems are considered to be one of the most prevalent healthcare issues in children and young people. Functional constipation affects 0.7-29.6% of (Koppen et al 2014); faecal incontinence, which is often secondary to chronic […]

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Bedwetting in Older Children and Teenagers

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This post has been written by Davina Richardson, Children’s Specialist Nurse at BBUK. World Bedwetting Day with the theme ‘Time to Take Action’ is designed to raise awareness of bedwetting. What are the problems for older children and teenagers? Bedwetting or enuresis is one of the most common medical problems in the under 18s. Although […]

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Encouraging Children to Drink More Water This World Bedwetting Day

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This post has been written by Davina Richardson, Children’s Specialist Nurse at BBUK. She talks about how you can encourage children to drink more water. Adequate fluid intake is important for maintaining health and well-being. Most school age children should have about one and a half litres of water per day with half of this during […]

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Top Tips for Toilet Training Children with Down’s Syndrome

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This post has been written by Davina Richardson, Children’s Specialist Nurse at BBUK. It is often assumed that because children with Down’s syndrome have delayed development, they will inevitably be delayed toilet training. Healthcare professionals often advise parents and carers to wait until the child seems ready.  However, there is no evidence or even agreement […]

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Raising Awareness of Toilet Training Children with Disabilities

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Toilet training is an area of normal child development that causes anxiety for many families. However, when a child has a disability it is an even bigger hurdle for parents and carers, although the children, particularly those with learning or sensory disabilities are not usually concerned. Often families are advised that they should not worry […]

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