Last few days of the Big E-Balloon Race

Join in the race to raise awareness for ERIC (Education and Resources for Improving Childhood continence).

60% of families wait over a year before seeking help for childhood continence problems

An online survey from children’s charity ERIC has revealed that 60% of families wait over a year before seeking help for childhood continence problems like bedwetting, daytime wetting, constipation and soiling.

ERIC, the only UK charity dedicated to supporting children and families suffering with wetting and soiling problems, has launched the STOP the Issue Ballooning campaign to encourage families to get help early on.

Over 1,000 families were surveyed in May 2012, revealing 60% of families waited over a year, before seeking help for their child’s wetting or soiling problem.  Of this; 18% of families waited over a year, 11% between one and two years and 27% over two years.  The survey also revealed that 82% of families wished they found out about the help available from ERIC earlier.

Jenny Perez, ERIC’s Director said; “We regularly hear parents that contact ERIC say they wish they got help earlier. We know from experience that the earlier families get help for childhood continence problems, the better. There is no need for children and young people to suffer unnecessarily and in the majority of cases, a solution can be found.

“1 in 12 children and young people suffer from continence problems, causing shame, embarrassment and isolation. The STOP the Issue Ballooning Campaign will raise awareness to let families know they aren’t alone and help is available from ERIC. Last year, ERIC helped 120,000 families. This year, we want to reach 10,000 more.”

The campaign will see the launch of the world’s biggest e-balloon race to raise awareness and funds. Supporters are invited to purchase a virtual balloon for £2 which will compete against others to win the race. For more details visit http://www.eric.org.uk/GetInvolved/BigE-BalloonRace

Posted By Clare Kersey

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