Leading nurse fronts YouTube videos on healthy toilet habits

Paediatric nurse specialist Fiona Boorman appears in three short videos designed to help schools educate pupils about toilet habits

A series of videos featuring a paediatric nurse specialist have been produced to help schools educate pupils about healthy toilet habits.

Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust bladder and bowel care team lead Fiona Boorman was selected to present three YouTube videos by Virgin Care’s public health nursing team.

The videos contain advice on everything from how often children should be visiting the toilet to warning signs of potential health problems.

Ms Boorman provides a range of statistics including recommending that, on average, a seven-year-old should drink 1,200mL of water a day to achieve a desirable six to eight urinations.

The Great Ormond Street Hospital trained nurse, who has been in healthcare for 37 years, advises schools to work with parents to draw up a plan for children who experience toilet problems. She added that children should be excused from class in cases of emergency.

She said: ‘Talk openly about toileting with children and use praise or reward charts. Make sure the discussions are discreet. Don’t embarrass the child or cause unnecessary attention.

‘Make sure all staff, including supply teachers, are aware of their specific needs.’

To view the videos click here

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