Good toilet habits
What are good toileting habits?
- Working out a toileting routine with the help of a doctor or other health professional
- Not straining when you use the toilet because this can weaken the muscles around your bladder and bowel and make incontinence worse
- Drinking plenty of fluid (water is best) throughout the day to ensure you don’t become dehydrated.
Toilets at school
School toilets aren’t always the cleanest or most comfortable places, which can make you less likely to want to use them. You should also be allowed to go to the toilet as many times as you need during class, so it’s a good idea to let your teacher or school know about your bladder or bowel issues. If you don’t want to talk to them, ask your parents/guardians or another trusted adult to have a chat with them. Find out more about healthy bladder and bowel habits at school.
Knowing where toilets are is a great way to be prepared. That goes for places you hang out often, and if you’re going on a trip somewhere new. Check out this great site for seeing exactly where public toilets are all over Australia.
Drinking fluids is good
Don’t restrict your fluid intake to try and improve incontinence symptoms! In many cases, restricting fluid intake can actually make incontinence worse.
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