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Webchat: Continence: The Facts 11.12.2017 4:30-5pm

Join us for a chat from 4:30pm on Monday 11th December 2017.

What is continence?  Do you have questions that you want to ask about going to the toilet?  Join us for a webchat on the facts about continence, ask any questions that you may have and share your advice or experiences with other people.

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Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 11 Dec 16:12

Join us in 15 minutes for today's webchat on continence and ask any questions you might have about problems with going to the toilet!

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 11 Dec 16:28

Welcome to today's chat on continence. Did you know that in the UK, around 900,000 young people aged 5-19 years have a continence condition? This could be constipation, bedwetting or daytime wetting for example as well as a number of other bladder or bowel conditions.

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 11 Dec 16:35

Pooing less than four times a week is called constipation. Constipation happens when poo stays in the bowel too long and dries out. Having to push out a hard poo is painful and might make you want to avoid emptying your bowel.
Constipation can be painful and affect your appetite making you feel like you don't want to eat.

Drinking plenty of fluids are important and also plenty of fruit and vegetables and fibre in your diet.

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 11 Dec 16:41

There are a number of reasons why you might experience daytime wetting.

Being constipated, i.e. having a bowel full of poo, can put pressure on the bladder and make wee (urine) leak out.

Having a urinary tract infection (UTI) in your bladder can also make you need a wee frequently.

Having an 'overactive' bladder can also cause daytime wetting. When the urge to pee is really strong, this sometimes causes wee to leak out before you reach the loo.

Repeatedly putting off going for a wee will eventually result in a really strong urge to empty the bladder and this can cause wetting accidents too.

If your pelvic floor muscles - the muscles that support your bladder - are weak, urine can leak out.

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 11 Dec 16:43

There are also lots of reasons why you might experience bedwetting

As with daytime wetting, being constipated, i.e. having a bowel full of poo, can put pressure on the bladder and make wee leak out during the night.

If your bladder can’t stretch enough to hold all the wee your body makes at night, you’ll either have to get up to go to the toilet, or, if you don’t wake up, you’ll wet the bed. This could be because you have an overactive bladder, because you’re not drinking enough during the day, or because you’re constipated.

Some people don't produce enough of the nighttime hormone 'vasopressin' which slows down the production of wee when you're asleep. If you don't have enough vasopressin, your body makes more wee than the bladder can hold during the night. You can take a medicine called 'desmopressin' to top up your levels of vasopressin.

When your bladder is full it sends a signal to your brain to tell you that it’s time to go for a wee. This even happens when you’re asleep. In some people, this signal doesn’t get through to the brain when they’re sleeping. Using a bedwetting alarm, which goes off as soon as you start weeing, can help train you to wake up when your bladder is full

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 11 Dec 16:48

All of these things can be embarrassing if they are happening to you but its important to know that there are people that can help. You can see your GP who can give advice and medication if needed. You can also see your public health nurse (school nurse) who can give you lots of advice on managing these conditions.

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 11 Dec 16:53

There are also websites such as,uk and that have lots of advice and support especially for young people as well as parents

Chat Health (Nurse - Moderator) / 11 Dec 16:59

Thank you for joining today's chat remember there is help for all of the issues that we have talked about.

This chat is now closed!

This chat is now closed, thanks for taking part.

Should you need anymore information on this topic, have a look at:,uk or:

Alternatively you could speak to your parent/carer, a trusted adult, member of school staff, your Public Health Nurse (previously known as a school nurse) or doctor.  If there is an emergency then please contact 999 or visit A&E.

You can text your Public Health Nurse through the ChatHealth messaging service which runs Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm.  If you go to school in Leicester City please text 07520 615386, if you go to school in Leicestershire County or Rutland then please text 07520 615387.

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