Gateshead Children bladder and bowel service consists of a specialist nurse Michelle Newton who is trained to support individuals with bladder and bowel problems.
The Bladder and bowel service offers a confidential, friendly service for all ages (0-19) and enables a smooth transition into adult care.
A comprehensive bladder and bowel assessment is carried out and a treatment programme tailored to suit your child/ young person individual need is developed.
Common areas of concern may include:
- Persistent bedwetting/ getting up a number of times in the night to use the toilet
- Persistent constipation and or soiling
- Leaking urine on coughing, exercising or laughing
- Frequent need to rush to use the toilet to pass urine (more than seven times a day)
- Feeling the need to constantly go to the toilet to pass urine
- Day time wetting (Delay in developing toilet training skills over four years old)
- Specialist advise on toileting aids equipment and containment products
You can refer your child into the service by calling the telephone number: 0191 4458417 (8:30-4:30) .You can also be referred to us by your Doctor, Health Visitor/School Nurse or any other Health Professional involved in your or your child’s care.
Bladder and Bowel Service
Understanding bed wetting in children with down syndrome and other learning disability leaflet
Bed wetting information
Night’s away advice for bedwetting
Medication for bed wetting -desmopressin
Healthy bladder and bowel
Adult learning disability constipation information
Understanding Toilet Refusal – the child who will only poo in a nappy Information for families
Medication for constipation –Movicol and preparation
Day time bladder problems
Toilet training booklet for parents
Information Sheet on Toilet Training Children with Special Needs
Guidance for parents/carers using disposable containment products (nappy, pull-ups, pads)
Toilet training information for family
Toilet training booklet for child
Guidelines for good practice
Other Useful Resources:
The potty Journey- Guide to toilet training children with special needs, including Autism and Related disorders Judith A Coucouvanis AAPC publishing 2008