Dr Penny Dobson MBE, Chair of the Paediatric Continence Forum, recently appeared on BBC Wales to discuss the growing lack of support for children living with bladder and bowel continence issues.
“I think many will be suffering in silence,” she said.
“It’s a neglected area of child health but the effects on the child and the family – if it’s not addressed at an early stage – can be devastating.”
“Continence problems have a known link with mental health difficulties,” Dr Dobson added.
“Children can feel different, it affects their self-esteem, they can’t always go on social activities and it affects them at school. Bullying is a problem for many children with continence problems.”
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