On Monday 13th April, the children’s continence charity ERIC (Education and Resources for Improving Childhood Continence), will launch a national campaign called ‘Let’s Talk About Poo’ to raise awareness of childhood constipation among parents of 2-4 year-olds and health and education professionals working with this age group. Constipation is most common in toddlers and pre-school age children; it is important to tackle it at this early stage to prevent it becoming chronic and having a long-term impact on children’s health and wellbeing.
A new website will be launched with information about the signs, symptoms and treatment of children’s constipation. The campaign is supported by children’s TV presenter and paediatrician Dr Ranj Singh.
The website features ERIC’s fun and colourful wee and poo characters and an interactive game about poo. The aim of the game is to make children more comfortable talking about poo and poo problems. ERIC’s resources about understanding and maintaining healthy bowels will be available to download from the site, as well as up to date research and useful information for parents and professionals about managing and treating childhood constipation.
On Thursday 16th April at 1pm, ERIC will hold a 30 minute live online Q&A about childhood continence with Dr Ranj. The Q&A will be streamed on ERIC’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/ERIC.UK1
The earlier the signs and symptoms of childhood constipation are recognised the easier it is to resolve and to avoid it becoming chronic. According to NICE guidelines (1), many parents don’t recognise the signs and symptoms of constipation and few relate it to the presence of soiling. ERIC’s campaign will raise awareness of children’s poo problems and improve understanding of constipation to ensure it is recognised and treated at the earliest possible stage.
Dr Ranj said: “Constipation can be a major problem in childhood, and if not treated properly, can lead to issues in adulthood too. Unfortunately, it can be a difficult subject for both parents and children, but the good news is that it’s relatively straight forward to sort out. It doesn’t have to be embarrassing and no-one should suffer unnecessarily – we need to get used to talking about it!”
ERIC’s CEO David Derbyshire said: “We’re launching the Let’s Talk About Poo campaign to help parents recognise the early signs of a poo problem and to seek help as soon as possible. Health and education professionals will benefit from information on the new website about how to keep the bowels healthy and what to do when poo problems persist. I hope that through raising awareness of this common but often misunderstood problem, we will be able to prevent children from suffering unnecessarily from the consequences of constipation.”
ERIC deals with all children’s continence issues not just constipation, including bedwetting, daytime wetting, soiling and potty training, and the other ways to contact ERIC (the helpline – 0845 370 8008/ firstname.lastname@example.org and website – www.eric.org.uk)