Many children with bowel dysfunction, especially when they are younger and those affected by conditions such as spina bifida, rely on their parents to help them empty their bowels. Traditional methods to prevent bowel leakage and constipation include change of diet, suppositories, enemas, constipating pharmacological agents, stool softeners and laxatives
Some children, however, find these methods of treating the bowels ineffective, as you cannot schedule when you will have a bowel movement, which often results in bowel accidents.
Transanal Irrigation (TAI) is one type of bowel care routine that ensures bowel movements are both regular and predictable. If performed regularly, it will make the child feel more comfortable and prevent problems such as faecal incontinence and constipation.
Using Peristeen in children
To see the clinical evidence of Peristeen in the paediatric patient population, check the section Clinical Evidence, where you will find a downloadable summary containing data from 11 studies.
Training of the child and its parents or caregivers is key to ensure a correct and effective use of the product.
Help the child, its parents and/or caregivers to find a good, regular routine that works for them, and encourage the child to take an interest. They will have to do it themselves when they are older, and some studies in children with anorectal malformations using Peristeen have shown that self-management increases patients adherence to the treatment and may help to shorten the total time it takes to irrigate (Märzheuser et al. Eur J Pediatr Surg. 2016 Apr;26(2):186-91).
It can be a good idea to keep track of the child’s progress. For inspiration, why not download and print a the Bowel Emptying Diary (pdf, 1MB).