Work­shop about kids and their bed wees

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS -

ARE you won­der­ing about your child’s wees?

Help is at hand. Sun­shine Coast Hospi­tal and Health Service (SCHHS) is hold­ing a free, three-hour ‘Won­der­ing about Wees’ work­shop at Moun­tain Creek on March 14.

This ses­sion is for par­ents or car­ers of chil­dren aged five years and over with bed wet­ting and day time blad­der is­sues in­clud­ing fre­quency, ur­gency, with­hold­ing and wet­ting.

“The work­shop lets par­ents know what is nor­mal, when they should be con­cerned, why the prob­lems hap­pen and what to do,” oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist Di Col­lis said.

“Ad­vice in­cludes us­ing di­aries to find un­der­ly­ing causes and treat­ment op­tions in­clud­ing wet­ting alarms, med­i­ca­tions, habit/life­style changes and ways to im­prove chil­dren’s mo­ti­va­tion.

“Fol­low up one-on-one sup­port op­tions are dis­cussed.

“The work­shops are also about bring­ing groups of par­ents to­gether so they do not feel they are alone.”

Ms Col­lis said bed wet­ting was a com­mon prob­lem oc­cur­ring in 10 per cent of seven-year-olds chil­dren and day wet­ting strikes five to 12 per cent of seven-year-olds.

“Not all chil­dren au­to­mat­i­cally out-grow these con­di­tions and we know chil­dren’s self-es­teem and con­fi­dence is af­fected,” she said.

“They feel em­bar­rassed and ashamed.

“Par­ents of­ten ex­pe­ri­ence frus­tra­tion, con­fu­sion and this can neg­a­tively af­fect their re­la­tion­ship with their child.”

The next Won­der­ing about Wees work­shop is on Wed­nes­day, March 14 from 9.30am-12.30pm at Moun­tain Creek State School on Lady Mus­grave Drive.

To book a place at the work­shop, please phone Child Health Ac­cess on 5319 4824.

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