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World Continence Week 2022: Let's Talk Tamariki and Teens

This World Continence Week 2022, which runs from 20-26 June, we’d love you to have a “Wee Chat” about tamariki and teenagers.

Toilet training can be tricky, and often we think that once it's over, young people won't have any future issues.

Unfortunately, this isn't always the case. One in 12 children and teenagers will have a bowel and bladder problem. Many things can impact on a child's continence well beyond the toilet-training years. Constipation affects 30 percent of children and teens which can then impact on the bladder, resulting in day and night time wetting. 

This takes a toll on your child or teenager and your whole whānau, something which can be exacerbated by the pandemic.

Thankfully, there is help available!

  • You can call us for a “Wee Chat” on 0800 650 659 if you need advice for yourself or the young people in your life. Our continence nurses can give you tips and let you know where you can go for further support.
  • You can also have a more casual “Wee Chat” with your child or teen about their bladder and bowel, letting them know you are safe to talk to and are there for them.
  • And keep an eye out for health professionals or community groups who will hold “Wee Chat” events during World Continence Week.

Look out for our videos and resource pack, designed for a range of ages, closer to June. We’ll let you know about keeping the bladder and bowel healthy, what to look out for, and where you can go if you need more help.

Would you like to host a "Wee Chat" of your own? 

If you are from a school, or a community or health group and would like to host a Wee Chat event, we'd be delighted to support you. Just fill out the form via the link below, or email us at info@continence.org.nz if you'd like to discuss your idea first.

We can provide videos and other resources to get the conversation going.

Sign up to host a Wee Chat here