SEND Local Offer for Coventry - Paediatric Continence Service

Paediatric Continence provides specialist assessment, advice and treatment for children with the continence problems, daytime wetting and nocturnal enuresis. 

How do I know if my child has a continence problem? 

Daytime wetting 

Leaking urine after we expect a child to be toilet trained is very common: one in seven children aged four and one in 20 children aged nine are affected; it ranges from damp patches in your child’s pants to a full-blown pee accident.

Bedwetting (Nocturnal enuresis) 

Bedwetting happens when a child unconsciously empties their bladder whilst they’re asleep. Wetting the bed is a common childhood condition affecting half a million children and teenagers in the UK. It’s not your child’s fault if they wake up with wet sheets and it doesn’t mean they’re lazy.

What can I do if my child has a continence problem?

If you are concerned that your child has a difficulty, you can get information and advice in the first instance from your health visitor, school nurse or GP. You should see you GP if you suspect your child is constipated or has a urinary tract infection. Health visitors and school nurses will provide initial advice and support with toilet training daytime wetting and bedwetting.

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When should your child be referred to the Paediatric continence service? 

If the child or young person continues to experience problems with daytime wetting and/or nocturnal enuresis after following advice from the health visitor or school nurse, they may benefit from a referral to the specialist paediatric continence service. This can be made by your health visitor ,school nurse or GP.

The specialist offer 

Some children require specialist assessment of their continence problems and should be referred to the Paediatric Continence service. After referral, you may be invited to group parent information session at which you will be provided with advice and information about your child’s condition including practical advice that you should start prior to initial assessment in the clinic.

After attending the group session your child will be invited for initial assessment (usually at the City of Coventry Health Centre). During the initial assessment, treatment options will be discussed and a treatment plan formulated. Follow up appointments will review and adjust the treatment plan.

All treatment plans require support from parents and carers and the child needs to be motivated to resolve the problem for treatment to be effective.

In some cases support from school may be required, this may include encouraging children to drink during the day allowing access to the toilet during lessons and continence management plan may need to be written.



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