Tips & Tricks for the Pediatric Urology Biofeedback Program
1. Tips for timed voiding (urinating every 2 hours):
ξ Set a timer on your phone, your parent's phone or a kitchen appliance to remind you.
ξ Wear a watch and choose odd or even hours each day as the times that you will urinate.
ξ Buy a watch that vibrates on a schedule to help you remember.
o Talk to your nurse about where to buy one of these.
ξ Work with your teacher at school to come up with a plan.
o Your Biofeedback nurse will give you a letter to take to your teacher at school so
you can to go to the bathroom every 2 hours, and have a water bottle with you at
2. Tips for doing your ten second hold exercises 3-5 times a day:
ξ Do your exercises while you are riding in the car.
o If you have a CD player in your car, you can use the Biofeedback CD.
ξ Set a routine for doing your exercises each day.
o For example, you could do your exercises before meals, before bedtime, before
brushing your teeth, before going to school, etc.
ξ Do your exercises during commercial breaks while watching TV.
o This can add up to at least 5 minutes total in a 30 minute TV show.
3. Tips for doing your Quick Flicks before each time you urinate:
ξ Put a sticker on your bathroom mirror to help you remember.
4. Tips for increased fluids each day:
ξ Bring a water bottle to school every day and be sure to finish it before the end of the day.
ξ Work with your teacher at school to make sure you can drink fluids throughout the day.
o Your nurse can give you a letter to take to school about this.
ξ Keep a cup by the sink in the bathroom and take a big drink right away in the morning,
then again after brushing your teeth after breakfast.
5. Tips for increased fiber each day:
ξ Eat high-fiber snacks instead of snacks that are lower in fiber.
o Examples include: popcorn instead of chips or pretzels, a whole apple instead of
applesauce, a sandwich on whole grain bread instead of white bread, etc.
ξ Put flaxseed or chia seeds into a salt shaker and sprinkle the seeds on yogurt, pudding,
cereal, etc. Flaxseed and chia seeds can also be added to homemade baked goods to add
ξ Buy fiber gummies at the grocery store or drug store. Read the label on the package for
directions on how many gummies to take.
6. General tips to help you with your Biofeedback program:
ξ Make a chart to help you remember what you need to do.
o For example, you can make a chart with boxes to check off every time you
urinate, do your quick flicks, and your exercises. If you are awake for 14 hours,
you should urinate at least 7 times during the day, so you can draw 7 boxes for
urinating and doing your quick flicks.
ξ Fill out your Biofeedback diaries every day to keep track of your progress.
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