Being the parent of a child with bladder emptying problems can be stressful. Aside from all the regular tasks of parenting, you also need to teach your child how to empty his/her bladder, probably with a catheter. You are also the person who has to make sure that your child is catheterized regularly, even when they are at daycare, school, or with friends or relatives.
For small children who can't empty their bladders in a normal way, catheterization is one of the most gentle alternative methods. With a little training and patience, it soon becomes a natural part of your everyday lives.
It's easier to empty the bladder if your child is sitting upright than if he/she is lying down. If your child has not yet learned to sit upright, use a pillow or a similar object to support their back. As soon as your child can sit upright on their own, he/she can follow the emptying procedure and maybe even participate more actively.
In the same manner as you would teach your child to hold their own toothbrush and see how it feels, you can let your child hold a catheter while you empty his/her bladder. This can be a way of trying to build an understanding of how catheterizing becomes a part of the daily toilet routine.
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If your child feels that catheterization is very boring, a television in the bathroom might help distract them during the procedure.
When your child begins school, ask the school if they can put an extra cabinet in one of the toilet stalls. This cabinet can be used to store catheters and other equipment .