Children and adults with Spina Bifida often need to perform intermittent catheterization or take other medical steps such as medications, intravesical therapies etc. to help empty their bladder.7,8
Using Intermittent Catheters - Children with Spina Bifida
Children with spina bifida often can’t control when they need to go to the bathroom because the nerves that control their bowel and bladder are damaged. If a child has problems emptying their bladder completely, they can develop problems with urinary tract and kidney infections.4,8
Healthcare providers and parents agree that when it comes to continence care management, it is best for children and their caregivers’ for the child to become as independent and educated on intermittent catheter use as early as possible.7,8
Using a clean intermittent catherization (CIC) technique is a key part of hygiene for catheter use in children. Additionally, many children born with spina bifida also have a latex [natural rubber] allergy, so it is important that children with SB who self-cath must use a type of intermittent catheter that is latex-free.4,7,8
With help, it is possible for children with SB to learn how to self-catheterize on their own. Discretion is a key part of a daily continence care regimen, as most intermittent catheter users don’t want anyone to know about their catheter use. However, privacy is especially important to children when it comes to their bathroom routines.5
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Information is as of 12/2014. Please check references for updated information.