Bog Standard welcomes NICE guidance on UTI infections in children
|NICE guidelines on Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) in children were published on 22 August 2007.|
NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Ecellence) has produced guidelines on the Daignosis, treatment and long-term management of UTI in children for the NHS.
The NICE guidelines to parents, carers and the public to help prevent a child from having another UTI are:
"Any problems such as constipation should be treated
It is helpful to encourage your child to drink enough fluids
They should be encouraged to use the toilet as soon as they feel the need to, rather than being expected to wait."
Guidelines for health professionals are: (Full Guideline CG54; Daignosis, treatment and long-term management; page 88, paragraph 6.2.4)
“Dysfunctional voiding as discussed in the evidence includes many aspects of bladder malfunction, including a learned ability to delay voiding, resulting in poor emptying and high residual urine volume. This can be addressed by improving opportunities for children to void whenever necessary by providing appropriate and readily accessible toilet facilities, and an environment which assists adequate and timely bladder emptying.”
We believe the recommendations require schools to provide decent toilets, sited where children can access them easily, and an environment (could be physical as well as policy/ethos of the school/individual staff) that allow access to toilets when children need to go rather than expecting them to wait, and not leaving it to schools to "adopt their own policies".
See here to read the guidance in full
ERIC’s campaigns Water is Cool in School and Bog Standard are working to remove the barriers in school that prevent pupils from achieving the above recommendations.
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