- The steps in the method below may serve as a guide; speak to your healthcare team about the specific equipment that your child uses.
- Optimize your child’s comfort during care with appropriate positioning and the use of distraction.
- An intermittent catheterization is necessary to help your son to empty his bladder of urine.
- This technique should be done in or close to a bathroom, depending upon the age and mobility of your child.
- Handwashing is essential before and after providing care.
- If your son is physically able, he can learn to do his own catheterizations (self-catheterization), under the supervision of an adult.
- The internal and external sphincters are sometimes contracted, which can create a sensation of resistance when inserting the catheter. In boys, the external sphincter is reached when the catheter is inserted up to the length equivalent to that of the penis. Refer to section: What is it?
- Your son may feel a sensation of pressure during catheterization. This feeling should not be painful. If it is, talk with your healthcare team. If necessary, they may suggest another type of catheter or other steps to do the technique, based on the needs of your son.
- The frequency of catheterizations required depends on the capacity of the bladder, the schedule of activities, hydration level, age, and health condition of your son. It is determined with your care team.
- Your son may also request another catheterization when he feels pressure or the urge to urinate.
- If there is incontinence between catheterizations, talk with your healthcare team.
- 2 catheters of the type and size recommended by your healthcare team
- Gel water-based lubricant. DO NOT use any type of Vaseline petroleum jelly
- Clean, dry container for storage of the reusable catheter
- Towel/absorbent cloth (eg, diaper) or container to collect the urine (if toilet is not used)
- Container for measuring urine
- Soap and syringe to clean the reusable catheter
Refer to your child’s healthcare team if the material or the sequence of steps you have been taught is different than those described.