Can you use incontinence pads with children?
The simple answer is yes! Disposable incontinence pads are available for people of all ages and sizes, and that includes children. These pads are worn inside a regular pair of underwear, and are quick to remove, dispose of, and replace.
However, the full answer is slightly more complicated. At WFIPP, we believe in long-term solutions to incontinence issues, rather than short-term safety nets. Whilst incontinence pads may help children feel more comfortable at school or when playing with friends, they are not the ideal answer. Instead, we want to help you and your child find a treatment that can cure their incontinence and improve their daily quality of life.
What are incontinence pads used for?
Incontinence pads provide protection for those suffering from urinary incontinence. For children this can take the form of daytime wetting or bedwetting at night (nocturnal enuresis). For this reason, many people choose to put incontinence pads on their children to avoid accidents.
Does my child need incontinence pads?
During the early development years, it is normal for children to release urine at night-time, which is why infants wear nappies. On average, a child will gain control of their bladder somewhere between the ages of 2 and 4 – but each in their own time! By age 4, when most children stay dry during the day, daytime wetting can become a noticeable issue. By ages 5 or 6, children may have a bedwetting problem if the bed is wet once or twice a week over a few months. If this is the case, it may be that some form of treatment is necessary, but don’t forget that incontinence pads are not the only option.
What are the alternatives to incontinence pads for children?
The treatment for urinary incontinence in children depends on whether they are wetting themselves during the day or at night. Certain medications are available, as well as behavioural change therapies that can help children learn new habits. However, there are also some strategies that you can try together as a family. On our platform, we’ve created two handy infographics that explain our top tips for both daytime wetting and bedwetting. You can take a look at them here.
Who should I talk to about incontinence pads for children?
Your child’s paediatrician will be experienced in talking to parents about incontinence. In fact, you’d be surprised by how common the condition is. Of course, it can be difficult for children (especially older ones) to discuss the issue, but if you normalise it then this can make things a lot easier. Before you attend the appointment, it’s a good idea to track your child’s bathroom habits for at least three days in a bladder diary. This will help the healthcare professional to get a picture of their symptoms and the type of treatment that might be appropriate. You can download and print off your own bladder diary here.
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