Promoting continence: the child with special needs
June Rogers Special School Nurse Adviser, St Helens and Knowsley Community Health NHS Trust
This article discusses ways in which nurses should promote continence in children with special needs.
The aim of this article is to raise nurses’ awareness of the range of managements available when promoting continence in children with special needs. Each child should be seen as an individual and management may need to be tailored to meet not only the needs of the individual child, but also the child’s family. After reading this article you should be able to:
Identify the key factors involved in promoting continence in children with special needs
Assess the toilet-training readiness of a child with learning difficulties
Discuss the management of a child with a neuropathic bowel and/or bladder
Describe the surgical procedures that may be carried out to achieve continence in children with a neuropathic bowel and/or bladder.
Nursing Children and Young People. 12, 4, 37-42. doi: 10.7748/paed2000.05.12.4.37.c2888