US research suggests that urinary incontinence reduces quality of life in children with chronic kidney disease. This is the finding of research carried out in the US involving with
In study, carried out on 329 children, 71% were toilet trained, 23% had bed-wetting and 5% were not toilet trained.
The study identified that children who were not toilet trained had a lower score for quality of life than those who were continence. Physical functioning and school functioning were also lower in this group. The average age of the children in the study was 12 years.
The authors recommend that efforts should be made to identify continence problems early in this group of children as treatment for urinary incontinence may improve health related quality of life.
Many children with chronic kidney disease have urinary incontinence due to urological disorders and/or a urine concentrating defect.