Let’s talk about continence

January 28, 2020 Posted by: Kidzapp Health & Nutrition, Parenting

Having the ability to control the body’s excretory functions is a rite of passage that children have to go through while becoming independent functioning adults. Thankfully, for most children, it happens naturally during development with a bit of help from their carers in a process commonly known as “potty training”. This process differs between communities and cultures but usually finishes before the age of five, the same age a child normally begins school in most countries.

There is a multitude of childhood conditions that can disrupt this process. Some have to do with the general development of the child. Others can impact the mechanisms needed for having adequate sensation and control. It is however essential that this childhood milestone is reached in a timely fashion. Being incontinent will not only impact the child’s education, social life and self-esteem but can even have a detrimental impact on their general health. In extreme scenarios, it may result in serious illnesses and even require complex surgery.

When things are not going well with continence, it is important that parents know where to go for help. With the abundance of information on the internet, it can be perplexing as to what advice to follow. Al Jalila Children’s offers a free service by which you can input your child’s symptoms and have them reviewed by a trained Paediatric Consultant.

While achieving the goal of becoming socially clean can be very difficult in some circumstances, leaving it till the child grows up runs the risk of the child normalizing being in nappies and never really achieving that goal. More often than not the time to act is NOW.

Written by:

Dr.Muhammad Ba’Ath
Consultant Paediatric Surgeon and Paedatric Urologist at Al Jalila Children’s

Leave a comment

Related Articles

Kids Activities

5 Exciting Attractions Coming To The UAE

October 20, 2020 Posted by: Kidzapp Team Kids Activities

It is no secret that the UAE has become a world wide icon for amazing and pioneering attractions. But if you thought we were done after the likes of Ski Dubai, Burj Khalifa or Clymb Abu Dhabi, you thought wrong! Here are five incredible attractions coming to the UAE that we are super excited for.…Read More

Kids Activities

11 Fun Things To Do In Al Quoz

October 19, 2020 Posted by: Kidzapp Team Kids Activities

Al Quoz has come to be known as the the place to go if you fancy a bite at a trendy warehouse-style restaurant or café, or if you’re in the mood to get contemplative while strolling through fascinating art galleries. For families with little ones in tow, it is also a popular hotspot for a…Read More

Kids Activities

12 Fantastic Kids Play Areas In Dubai, Abu Dhabi & Sharjah

October 12, 2020 Posted by: Kidzapp Team Kids Activities

The UAE is full of amazing places to take the kids to, but with so much choice, it can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. That’s why we have picked out some of our favourite kids play areas in the UAE from soft play fun for the tiniest members of your family to thrilling adventure parks…Read More

Kidzapp Loader