Toilet Training and Continence

Continence is not everyone’s favourite subject but it can have a massive impact on quality of life, and all children should receive support to achieve their maximum continence potential.

The UK guidance for the provision of continence products to children recommends that all children must have a comprehensive assessment of their continence.

The guidance recommends the provision of four continence products per 24 hours. It is worth mentioning that this is only a recommendation and if your Little Champion requires more than four products in 24 hours, then the guidance recommends that your child should receive the number of products to meet their assessed need.

In addition, the guidance states that products would not normally be supplied before a child has reached their fourth birthday. It is still worth applying before this age because, for children for whom it is anticipated that there may be difficulties with toilet training, intervention can be started earlier.

The full UK guidance can be found here.

If your Little Champion struggles with continence, speak to your child’s GP or paediatric team about being referred to your local continence service as they should be able to provide you with the right continence products for your child. Some continence services can be contacted by parents directly.

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