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Enuresis, bladder and bowel dysfunction in children - resources for nurses

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Resources, useful organisations, links, and articles from the Nursing Times archive for nurses working with bowel and bladder dysfunction in children and adolescents

ERIC resources

Education and Resources for Improving Childhood Continence (ERIC) has identified that 1 in 12 young people experience problems with bowel and bladder dysfunction. Problems include bedwetting (nocturnal enuresis) , daytime wetting, soiling and constipation.

Nurses have an important role in identifiying children with bowel and bladder dysfunction and ensuring that they receive age appropriate care. This article provides background articles, useful links and resources.


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New short film

ERIC has produced a short film on bedwetting in children and young people. The film explores the reasons for bedwetting (nocturnal enuresis) and its impact on 2 young people and their families. It also explains that there are almost always things that can be done to help improve or overcome the problem and how ERIC helps families to help themselves. Bedwetting was chosen as the focus of the film as it is the most common continence problem, affecting about 500,000 young people in the UK between 5-16.

Other useful organisations

Association for Continence Advice

The Association for Continence Advice works in association with Nursing Times to produce the Continence Journal. It is a multi-professional association open to all health and allied care professionals and to anyone interested in awareness and better management of incontinence. Members have access to Notes on Good Practice which are updated regularly to reflect changes in practice.


PromoCon provides a national service, working as part of Disabled Living, Manchesterto improve the life for all people with bladder or bowel problems by offering product information, advice and practical solutions to both professionals and the general public.

Burdett Institute

The Burdett Institute of Gastrointestinal Nursing aims to improve the health and wellbeing of people with gastrointestinal disorders though GI nurse education, research and practice.

Useful documents

Bonner, L. (2001) Childhood Soiling – Minimum Standards of Practice for Treatment and Service Delivery . Bristol: ERIC.

Butler, R., Swithinbank, L. (2007) Childhood Nocturnal Enuresis and Daytime Wetting – A Handbook for Professionals . Bristol: ERIC.

Department of Health (2004) National Service Framework for Children, Young people and Maternity Services . Executive Summary. London: DH.

Nursing Times clinical archive

An overview of faecal incontinence in children

The IMPACT paediatric bowel care pathway

Bowel care part 2 - Assessment of functional constipation in children

Nocturnal enuresis: systems for assessment and treatment

Encouraging adolescents to seek continence help

Addressing the needs of teenagers with continence problems.

Urine collection in infants and children

Drinking water in schools

Toilet facilities in schools

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