The children’s continence charity ERIC has completed a set of four guides that nurses can use to help children with bowel and bladder problems.
The set, which is free to download, cover potty training, daytime wetting, night-time wetting and bowel problems.
The charity described the guides as “excellent for children, teenagers and families to learn why bladder and bowel problems develop and how they can be managed and treated”.
The guides were written by Brenda Cheer, who has worked as the charity’s specialist nurse since May 2013 and is also a paediatric specialist continence nurse at the University Hospital of Wales.
They feature ERIC’s trademark wee and poo characters and are produced in bright colours with illustrations. They also signpost to where more help and information can be found.
The guides can be used by health professionals as tools in consultations with patients and are printed on paper that can be written on so notes can be jotted down directly onto them, said the charity.
The set of guides includes:
New guides to help children with continence problems
- ERIC’s Guide to Potty Training – covers how to know when to start potty training, what to do to get ready to start training a child, and includes a step-by-step guide to potty training
- ERIC’s Guide to Children’s Bowel Problems – includes the Bristol Stool Chart for recognising when a child has bowel problems, tips on how to get children to poo in the toilet, an explanation of how food turns into poo, why constipation develops and what can be done to avoid and treat constipation
- ERIC’s Guide to Night Time Wetting – covers why bedwetting happens, how the bladder and kidneys work, what treatment is available and includes detailed information about bedwetting alarms and the drug Desmopressin which is used to regulate the hormone that controls how much wee is produced at night
- ERIC’s Guide to Daytime Wetting – the most recent addition to the set of guides. It covers the causes of daytime wetting, how the bladder and kidneys work, and what can be done to control wetting during the day
The guides can be downloaded for free from the ERIC website