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  • Bowel and Bladder Questions

    Is it so bad to go 6 or 7 hours without cathing at night, it is so hard some nights to get up at night to cath my son, and when he starts doing it himself I am afraid he won't either. Also he wants to know how to go about doing the bowel program on his own, we have not found one person (private or professional) to explain or help him in this area, the therapists are limited with what they know.

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    Yes, if you are trying to do intermittent cath the correct way, and reduce the risks of UTI, the person should never go more than 6 hours between catheterizations. There is too much risk of the bladder being overdistended (too full) and of the number of bacteria in the urine getting too high when long periods of time go between caths. Generally every 4 hours during the day, and no longer than 6 hours at night are recommended. An alarm clock can be used until the person gets used to waking up to do their own cath during the night.

    How old is your son? What is his level of injury? Was he not taught how to do bowel care when he was in rehab?

    (KLD)
    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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