Encopresis & Enuresis Resources
Below is a non-comprehensive list of products that may be useful when treating your child's encopresis or enuresis, along with related suggestions.
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WatchMinder: This vibrating watch was created by a clinical psychologist and has the capacity to store up to 30 different alarms. After setting up a toileting schedule for your child, you can program the watch to alert your son or daughter to use the restroom throughout the day. In addition to a 'bathroom' reminder, the watch includes another 64 pre-programmed reminders, including 'focus', 'teeth', 'homework', and 'exercise'. You can also create your own messages.
Bed-wetting alarm: There are many options available, but I generally recommend the Malem Ultimate Selectable Bedwetting Enuresis Alarm with Vibration. This alarm features 8 different tones to help wake your child immediately after bed-wetting begins. It features various settings, including vibration only, sound only, and vibration with sound. It's often challenging for children and families to adjust to using a bed-wetting alarm. However, with consistent use, they are generally effective at helping children over seven achieve nighttime dryness.
Countdown Clock: When treating encopresis or enuresis, I help children follow a toileting schedule, which includes timed bathroom visits. These clocks provide a visual countdown that may help your child follow their schedule more effectively and sit on the toilet for a sufficient amount of time. Use the clock after a successful toileting visit to ensure that a ten-minute screen time reward doesn't turn into an hour of screen time.
Toilet Stool: By using this stool, children and adults should achieve a squatting position while on the toilet. This proper toileting posture often facilitates more effective and easier bowel movements.
Immediate Rewards: It is important to provide immediate reinforcement for your child's efforts. Reward them for their persistence, including sitting on the toilet as scheduled. We are shaping behavior and need to make sure that the rewards are achievable. Brainstorm rewards together to ensure that your child finds them reinforcing. Here are a few suggestions for rewards: erasers, stickers, small toys, or screen time.
Long-term Rewards: Discuss long-term rewards with your child to ensure that he or she finds them reinforcing. Here are a few suggestions: visiting their favorite park, museum, or store, going to a sporting event or movie, or earning a book, puzzle, lego set, lego kit, science kit, or art supplies.
Visual Reminders: Have your child create visual reminders that support his toileting goals. Post-it sticky notes are often a helpful option for visual reminders.
Reward charts: Use a reward chart to track your child's effort and progress. One option is to create your own chart using large sticky notes.
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