In the UK an estimated 900,000, or 1 in 12, 5-19 year olds suffer from bowel and bladder conditions. These include bedwetting, daytime wetting, constipation and soiling.
The impact of continence conditions can be significant on a child or teenager’s life and the stress that comes with dealing with a child's wetting or soiling problem can be considerable for families too. Disrupted sleep, constant washing of clothing or bedding and a reluctance to leave the house can be difficult.
However, most bowel and bladder problems are avoidable and treatable.
If you are concerned about your child, talk to your GP and if needed they can make a referral for additional support from the Continence Service.
Managing continence issues in secondary schools