- 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 child to empty the 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 child is physically able, he/she can learn self-catheterization, under the supervision of an adult.
- During catheterization your child may feel a sensation of pressure. 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 child.
- The frequency of catheterizations required depends on the capacity of the bladder, the schedule of activities, hydration level, age and health condition of your child; it is determined with your care team.
- Your child may also request another catheterization when he feels pressure or the urge to urinate.
- 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
- Container to collect urine (toilet if not available or this is preferred)
- 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.