Pediatric Urology Elimination Program
ξ Children should drink six – eight, 8
ounce servings of fluid every day.
ξ At least half of the fluid your child
drinks should be water.
ξ Decrease or avoid drinks with
caffeine, carbonation (bubbles),
citrus and chocolate. These may
irritate your child’s bladder and
cause more wetting accidents.
ξ It is important to make a bathroom
routine. Your child should go to the
bathroom at least every 2 hours
during the day.
ξ A watch with a beep, vibration or
timer may help your child remember
when it’s time to use the bathroom.
ξ Your child should go to the
bathroom when they wake up in the
ξ Do not rush when going to the
bathroom. Tell your child to slowly
breathe in and out. This will help
them relax and fully empty their
ξ Use foot stool to keep your child’s
feet flat and help them relax while
using the bathroom.
ξ Your child should urinate in a
“steady stream”. Running water in
the sink may help your child know
what this should look like.
ξ Boys can place Cheerios® in the
toilet bowl and have your child try to
“sink” them or place soap in the
bottom of a potty training chair. A
steady urinary stream will make the
Create Regular Bowel Habits
ξ Your child should have one long,
soft and easy to pass stool once a
day. Type 4 on the Bristol Stool
Chart is best. Recommend a high
fiber diet. Children should have at
least 18 grams of fiber daily or more,
depending on their age.
ξ Plan meals and take your time eating.
ξ Set times to use the bathroom.
Encourage your child to relax and
ξ Increase activity time. Being more
active, can help your child have a
ξ If your child continues to have
trouble with daily soft bowel
movements, talk to your provider
about adding a fiber supplement.
Some examples are: Fiber Choice®
or Yummy Bears®
ξ If your child is unable to have a
regular bowel movement, talk to
your provider about adding a stool
softener or laxative. Some examples
are: Miralx®, Phillips® or Senokot®
Good Hygiene (For Girls)
ξ Wipe front to back
ξ Change out of wet clothes as soon as
ξ Tell your child to sit on the toilet
with her legs wide ope and place her
elbows on her knees. Her feet can be
placed on a foot stool so they are
ξ Send extra clothing to school in case
of wetting accidents
ξ Wear cotton underwear
ξ Avoid bubble baths and soaps with
dyes or perfumes
ξ Diaper creams on the skin may
protect the skin from wet clothing
and help heal irritated skin
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