Schools out for the summer! But wait, you just conquered managing pediatric incontinence at school, now there’s a whole new set of unique challenges with summer travel and fun in the sun at the beach or pool! However, there are a variety of summer incontinence tips and tricks to keep your child happy and comfortable.
Summer Incontinence Tips And Tricks
1. Maintain A Bathroom Schedule
Sometimes having a schedule can assist children with proper toileting techniques. By know when it’s time to go they may be better able to recognize the urge to go and experience less stress while trying to avoid accidents.
Once school is out your child may lose track of when it’s time to go, such as after lunch and before recess, so set a schedule for them. Make sure they go when they wake up, after meals, every two to three hours, and before bed.
This schedule may be thrown off by vacations and fun days by the water, by keeping it as close as possible can help!
2. Stick To A Healthy Diet
Summer can be a great time to indulge in treats, but items that are high in sugar, spicy, caffeinated, or greasy can add stress to the digestive tract and worsen incontinence symptoms. Make sure to provide your child with healthy options such as whole grains, fruits, and veggies to have an adequate fiber intake.
Keep your child hydrated. Avoid sugary beverages like sodas for healthier options like juice and water. It’s common to assume that if your child drinks less, they’ll be less likely to have an accident, but that’s not true. Dehydration can worsen incontinence symptoms and cause adverse health effects.
3. Map Out Restrooms
If you’re going on a car trip or to spend the day at an amusement park, don’t go in blind. Look up where rest stops are and bathroom locations ahead of time. This way you’ll be prepared when nature strikes and can hopefully avoid the stress of needing a restroom in time. It can also be helpful to learn where the bathroom is and have your child go first thing when arriving at a family get together or summer BBQ.
4. Dress For Success
For pediatric incontinence, this phrase is a little different. Instead of dressing for success in a stylish way, make sure your child is comfortable with clothes that are easy to put on and remove in the event of an accident. Button down shirts and shorts with an elastic waist are best. Sometimes it can be difficult for a child to undo buttons or zippers to make it to the toilet in time.
5. Be Prepared
Pack your beach bag full of everything your child might need in the event of an accident. Take enough pull-ups to last the entire day, changing gloves, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, a disposal bag for soiled clothes or diapers, and a change of clothes. This way an accident will be easier to quickly and discreetly manage. Also, chux or underpads can help protect car seats and other furniture such as hotel beds.
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6. Offer Support
Pediatric incontinence can be embarrassing. In some cases, the anxiety over having an accident can cause children to become withdrawn. They may not want to spend a day at the beach, go on vacation, or to a summer sleepover.
Reassure them that their incontinence supplies will protect them and that everything will be alright. If an accident occurs, don’t become frustrated. Quickly clean things up and reassure your child that it’s not their fault, and the trip isn’t ruined! With the proper preparation, you’ll be on your way to making incontinence free summer memories in no time.