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Continence

How Continence Problems Can Affect Mental Health

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For Stress Awareness Week, BBUK’s Children’s Specialist Nurse, June Rogers, looks at how bladder and/or bowel issues can cause stress and affect a person’s mental health. Historically, continence problems (wetting and soiling) in childhood were thought to be the result of the child having an underlying psychological or behavioural problem. A journal article written in […]

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Supporting Children with Bladder and Bowel Issues as They Return to School

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The charities Bladder & Bowel UK and ERIC, The Children’s Bowel & Bladder Charity, have experienced a recent increase in calls to their helplines, from anxious families concerned about how their children’s toileting needs will be met on return to school in September.  A survey conducted over the summer by ERIC found that 22% of […]

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World Continence Week 2020

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Karen Irwin, Specialist Nurse/Service Manager at BBUK talks about this year’s World Continence Week (WCW). World Continence Week is a health campaign run by the International Continence Society (ICS) every year to raise awareness of incontinence related issues. This year it takes place from the 15th – 21st June. Bladder and bowel problems are not […]

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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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How We Can Support You During World Continence Week

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This post has been written by Davina Richardson, Children’s Specialist Nurse at Bladder & Bowel UK for world continence week. Bladder and bowel problems among adults are not uncommon, affecting both males and females of all ages. Some common bladder problems may include bladder leakage (incontinence), bedwetting or difficulties emptying the bladder. Some common bowel […]

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Travelling with a Continence Problem

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This post has been written by Davina Richardson, Children’s Specialist Nurse at BBUK for World Continence Week. General suggestions: Contact the airline or travel company to discuss your individual needs before booking/travelling. Think about what you need to carry with you, such as medicines and products. You may need to have a letter from your […]

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Why Are Public Toilets a Challenge for Children and Young People with Autism?

This post has been written by Davina Richardson, Children’s Specialist Nurse at Bladder & Bowel UK (BBUK). Toilet training a child with autism is often difficult. Autism is a spectrum condition that affects social communication, social interaction and imagination. There are often sensory issues as well. These impact on many areas of learning and life […]

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Alternative Suggestions for Promoting and Maintaining Continence

It is important that those with continence (bladder and/or bowel) problems or those who care for them, have access to professional help and advice and are signposted to their local services. Many continence problems are treatable. However, it may be that following a full assessment, alternative solutions for promoting and managing continence are identified as […]

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Finding the Right Continence Pad for Your Needs

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It is important if you need to use a continence pad for a bladder problem that you use one appropriate to your needs. The absorbency of pads varies to meet different levels of urinary leakage. The reasons people leak urine varies. Continence pads have the function of absorbing urine. When choosing a pad it is […]

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