Catheters for Children

Over 500 children in the UK use catheters. Here are some tips to help your child get used to using a catheter:


Teach your child to open the pouch like they would peel a banana – from the top down. They should peel until the top of the coloured tip. Make sure they know not to touch it after it has been sterilized.


Your child should insert the catheter until urine starts to come out. Then push it just a little further.

Once finished, ask them to cough and squeeze the last little bit out.


Slowly remove the catheter by turning it.


Dispose in a plastic bag with wipes and tissues.


They must remember to wash their hands afterwards and then they can go back to playing!

At School

Make up a bag which has everything they need, and ensure that the school nurse has some spares juts in case. Or, if going on a school trip, speak to the organizers to ensure someone responsible is carrying extras.

Spina Bifida – Neural Tube Defect

Spina bifida is a congenital disorder (birth defect). The backbone & spinal canal do not close before birth.
In severe cases, this can result in the spinal cord and its covering membranes protruding out of an affected infant’s back. Spina Bifida may also be either Nearly inconsequential or Reparable through surgery.


Spina Bifida Types

Mild – Spina Bifida Occulta

Spinal cord and the surrounding structures remain inside the body The back bones in the lower back area fail to form normally. There may be a hairy patch, dimple, or birthmark over the area of the defect. Other times, there may be no abnormalities in the area.

Moderate – Meningocele

A fluid-filled sac is visible outside of the back area. The sac does not contain the spinal cord or nerves.

Severe – Myelomeningocele

Spinal cord and nerves develop outside of the body Contained in a fluid-filled sac that is visible outside of the back area. Typically these babies experience a weakness and loss of sensation below the defect. Problems with bowel and bladder function are also common. A majority will also have a condition known as hydrocephalus which causes the fluid inside of the head to build up. It also causes pressure inside of the head to increase and skull bones to expand to a larger than normal size.


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