Clinical update

Childhood continence

Read our clinical update on a new children’s continence pathway.

Read our clinical update on a new children’s continence pathway

Essential facts

In the UK an estimated 1 in 12 (900,000) children aged 5-19 experience bowel and bladder conditions. The impact of continence conditions can be profound on a child or teenager’s life and can continue into adulthood. Those affected can have a lower quality of life, miss out on education and social activities and are more likely to be bullied. Most bowel and bladder problems are avoidable and treatable, yet it’s estimated that only 11% of those affected ask for help.

What’s new

A new children’s continence pathway aims to inform nurses, parents and other professionals about the assessment and intervention a child or teenager with a bowel or bladder problem needs.


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