This afternoon I had the huge privilege of meeting Emily aged 'four and a lot' (nearly five). Emily has cerebral palsy and was diagnosed aged two. What a delight! I feel so humbled but also honoured that I was involved in their lives today. This is why I love my job so much.
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For a child living with bowel dysfunction, life can be difficult, but there is an effective solution to voiding that doesn't involve chemicals, surgery or medication and reduces the risk of accidents. But how do you motivate your child using transanal irrigation?
"In pediatric care it's common to treat bladder and bowel together, in cross-functional teams - something adult care could learn from", says Dr Giovanni Mosiello, pediatric urologist, when we met with him at ICS in Florence.
When a child suffers from bowel problems, it often affects the whole family. Many struggle for far too long with dietary and stool changing medication, without satisfactory results. But there are other solutions!