Continence Management at Camp and Sleepovers for Children With Spina Bifida

Bowel and bladder management can be distressing for a child with Spina Bifida. Staying clean is important to the child’s skin and well-being, as well as social acceptance. But what happens when that child is out of their home or typical environment overnight?

They can avoid constipation or leakage by drinking plenty of fluids, and eating a diet full of grains, fruit and vegetables. They also should avoid caffeine or carbonated beverages, as they can irritate the bladder.

It’s important to pack enough supplies, especially extra catheters, lubrication (if needed), wet wipes, pads and disposable briefs, and extra clothing, especially extra underwear.

What else can the child do? Practice continence management at home and, once out, ask a friend or adult they trust to help. It’s also important for the child to let a trusted person know if they notice smells or leakage.

The Spina Bifida Association provides even more details on this topic, as well as resources on urology and urological care of people with Spina Bifida. Working alongside groups such as these, parents and caregivers can better adapt to expectations and know how to respond to issues that arise.

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