ERIC Number: EJ837218
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
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Good to Go: External Continence Management for Your Child's Independence
Kay, Dennis M.
Exceptional Parent, v39 n3 p76-77 Mar 2009
There are certain milestones that become treasured memories for both parents and their children. A child's first day of school, sleepovers with friends, the prom, their wedding day--these are some of the cherished moments that make up a life. Because incontinence is so commonly a result of many conditions for children as well as adults, offering healthy choices for managing it becomes an important life step. As children with physical challenges grow into adulthood, being able to control going to the bathroom is a real asset to their psychological development and the achievement of these memory-making milestones. While there have been major advances in surgical treatments for incontinence, undergoing surgery can be traumatic, costly, and may not be an option for many people. A myriad of new pharmaceuticals for bladder control have entered the marketplace in the last decade. While drug therapy can help to relieve the symptoms of certain types of urinary incontinence--most commonly, urge incontinence--most individuals with full time, complete urine loss are not good candidates for drug treatment. Pharmaceuticals also site various side effects in their literature, including gastrointestinal irritations, headaches, nausea, and muscle aches. Internal continence options, such as indwelling urinary catheters, may keep someone dry but come with a very high rate of infection and other problems. This article discusses some external continence devices for both girls and boys. Proper incontinence management is a key to helping a child with disabilities make a gradual transition into adulthood successfully. While children will always be loved and worried-over by their parents, a good continence management option will help parents feel the pride that comes from seeing their child reach a greater level of independence.
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