Featured ARticle: MAnaging Incontinence At Summer Camp
Ten million children a year head to summer camps to meet new people, experience new things, challenge themselves and enjoy a change of scenery.
However, teenagers suffering from urinary or bowel movement incontinence may not take part because they’re embarrassed of their condition. On the other hand, some parents may be worried that their children will be mocked.
Whether you’re a teen or a parent, you need to understand one thing: incontinence isn’t the end of the road, and incontinence can be managed while away at summer camps.
Nighttime Teen Incontinence
Teens and parents alike are more hassled by incontinence during the night. For teenagers, the idea of wetting the bed can be humiliating while getting out of bed at the night to head to the bathroom can be difficult. On the other hand, parents sleeping after a long day of work may be cranky at night and very close to saying something hurtful even if they don’t intend to.
Regardless of which side you’re on, you have to get one thing straight: you can’t cure night-time incontinence or wish it away. Now that that’s out, here is what you, as a parent or a sufferer of teen incontinence, should be doing.
Alright, yes, incontinence sucks. But I'm not going to let it stop me." - Real Teen, Real Quote, Right Attitude
Incontinence At School
Going to school can be a challenge for any teen suffering from incontinence. After all, there are hundreds of students on campus and some bullies can taunt you to tears. However, you don’t have to worry about anyone finding out about you at school, especially once you’re done reading the following seven tips for managing incontinence at school.
Joining your friends for a sleepover or having one at your place is definitely fun and bound to boost your popularity among other friends.
However, if you’re suffering from teen incontinence, having or being part of a sleepover might be the last thing you want to do. After all, what will your friends think of you if they ever found out?
Incontinence During Sports
Playing sports or managing P.E. lessons can be very difficult for teen incontinence sufferers. The exertion you put on your bowels or bladder is bound to make them leak a little. However, at your age, even a few drops can make you conscious, especially since you feel that you’re surrounded by other teens with x-ray vision or extremely sensitive noses.
Telling anyone about your urinary or bowel movement incontinence may be the last thing on your mind. After all, you never know how people may perceive this issue and react to it. However, there will be times when you’d need to tell someone, especially since you’re still going to school and don’t have your parents morally supporting you there.
Now before you start reading how you can talk to your friends about incontinence, you need to prepare yourself first.
Dating while incontinent
Dating can be a nerve wracking experience. What’s the other person like? Will you hit it off? Will you have anything in common? What will you wear? Do you look okay? How fancy is the restaurant? What should you eat?
That’s a lot to worry about, not to mention if you’re an individual living with incontinence! Don’t let it get you down. Being prepared, and keeping a few tips in mind, can help take the stress out of the situation and let you confidently enjoy dating…and maybe even have some fun, which is the point of it all, isn’t it?
Talking To Your Parents ABout Incontinence
If you’ve noticed that your underwear has traces of feces or drops of urine or if you’re having trouble controlling your bladder or bowels at night, there’s a good chance that you have googled your symptoms and came up with incontinence. Regardless of how embarrassed you feel, you need to have your parents involved.
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