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Childhood incontinence: risk factors and impact

29.06.2016 | Posted in: Advice, Children | Author: Colin

Continence problems in children can persist into later childhood and have a serious effect on quality of life. Research into its causes and impact is scarce, and useful resources are limited. A Medical Research Council grant is funding a project at the University of Bristol, which aims to improve understanding of the risk factors and outcomes of continence problems in children and adolescents. This article outlines the initial findings, which could help in the production of resources for parents, children and young people.

Continence problems – bedwetting, daytime wetting, constipation and soiling – affect about 900,000 children and young people in the UK (Paediatric Continence Forum, 2014). Structural or anatomic causes are rare; instead, they are thought to be heterogeneous disorders involving a complex interrelationship of biological, developmental, genetic and environmental factors.

The full article is available here.

The menopause and your bladder

22.06.2016 | Posted in: Advice, Bladder Incontinence, Incontinence Facts | Author: Colin

Most women know that the menopause can bring hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings and sleep problems, but it seems fewer women associate the menopause with bladder problems.

Bladder weakness

As women enter menopause the muscles and ligaments that support the pelvic floor become weaker. These tissues are sensitive to oestrogen so as oestrogen levels fall they lose their strength and elasticity. This means that even small increases in pressure such as coughing, sneezing, laughing or even running can cause leakage.

Exercising the pelvic floor can help and the good news is that it’s never too late to start. When exercising your pelvic floor you are trying to mimic the sensation that you would have if you were trying to stop weeing mid-stream.

Overactive bladder

When you have an overactive bladder, you will get very little warning of the need to empty your bladder and sometimes if you can’t get to a toilet quickly enough, you may experience a leak. What I let my patients know is that it is a very common condition experienced by women of all ages but is increasingly common in menopausal women.

Pelvic floor exercises will help and there are several lifestyle factors that can influence the condition too. If you are carrying extra weight, losing a few pounds will help. Nicotine, caffeine, alcohol and fizzy drinks also irritate the bladder lining so cutting back on these is a good idea. It is not a good idea to cut back on your fluid intake as concentrated urine is more irritating to the bladder lining and not drinking enough can make things worse, so always aim to keep your urine the colour of straw.

Prolapse

Around 50% of all menopausal women experience weakening of the front wall of the vagina, a quarter have weakening of the back wall of the vagina and a fifth will have weakness at the top of the vagina. This can lead to prolapse, which can cause pressure effects on the bladder meaning you may feel the need to urinate more frequently or may feel that your bladder isn’t emptying properly.

Pelvic floor exercises will prevent the condition getting any worse but once a prolapse has developed your GP may be able to fit a pessary or there operations which can be done.

Yet more savings available with our NEW Case Savers!

15.06.2016 | Posted in: Products, TENA Skincare, TENA Slip | Author: Colin

Buy more and pay less with Allanda when you buy our range of incontinence products in bulk with our Case Saver offers.

Due to popular demand we’ve added yet more Case Savers to our range. We now offer TENA Wash Cream Case Savers in 500ml and 1000ml sizes.  TENA Wash Cream cleanses, restores and protects even the most delicate skin and is ideal for less mobile users. TENA Wash Cream results are proven dermatologically and more than 70,000 people use TENA Wash Cream daily.

We’ve also added TENA Slip Plus Case Savers in Small, Medium and Large sizes. TENA Slip Plus are an All in One Bodyworn Incontinence Pad for heavy or continuous urinary or faecal incontinence.

University Hospitals Birmingham study shows benefit to skin of TENA Wash Cream

08.06.2016 | Posted in: Allanda Skincare, Skincare, Tena | Author: Colin

There are many studies in publication which show the skin benefits of no-rinse cleansers, such as TENA Wash Cream, in comparison to traditional soap-and-water cleansing products.  University Hospitals Birmingham have been using TENA Wash Cream for some time, but found that usage was low and therefore the benefits of the product were not being experienced to their full potential. In 2014, a six-month study was undertaken by UHB with the aim of determining whether TENA Wash Cream, alongside targeted education surrounding skincare of incontinent individuals, would improve usage and ultimately improve the skin condition of incontinent patients.

The study resulted in a “significant reduction in incontinence associated moisture lesions across the trust”. The clinical areas included in the study demonstrated a fantastic 70–76.9% reduction in moisture lesion incidence, compared to an 8.3–13.6% reduction in the control groups.
The overall conclusion of the study was that the combination of proper education, alongside appropriate usage of TENA Wash Cream, has demonstrated significant patient benefit when it comes to skincare of incontinent individuals.

A full copy of the study, which has been published in the Journal of Wound Care’s May 2016 issue, can be found here.