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.
It is sometimes overlooked that children can suffer from daytime incontinence too. The most common causes of urinary incontinence in children are:
- Constipation – in about 70% of cases, children experiencing urinary incontinence are constipated. A full bowel can put added pressure on the bladder, causing leakage of urine. Relieving the constipation will often alleviate the incontinence.
- A bladder or urinary tract infection (UTI).
- “Holding it in” – a child may hold their urine during an entire school day for fear of using a public bathroom, leading to urinary voiding issues, accidents and urine leakage.
- Younger children may hold their urine until the last second when they are distracted by play or activity, resulting in an “accident”.
Being aware of these issues can help your child to develop good toilet behaviour. However, if incontinence has become a regular or chronic problem, one of the best ways to help may be to take your child to a physical therapist who specialises in pelvic health. They focus on rehabilitation of paediatric pelvic floor muscles and have great success in helping children control and overcome urinary incontinence issues.
Interestingly, a large study suggests that the odds of a child having severe daytime incontinence is 3 to 10 times greater if one or both parents had the same problem.
Following requests for a wider range of Children’s continence products we’ve added a new range of Washable Pants for Boys to our range. These washable pants are 100% cotton pant and available in Navy or a Starships printed design (for younger children) and are suitable for machine washing.
The pad has been designed to go up the front of the pants and right up the back giving protection for different types of wetting or soiling.