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Acta Paediatr. 2004 Mar;93(3):386-9.

Urinary and faecal incontinence: a population-based study.

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Department of Clinical Sciences, Huddinge University Hospital, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.

Abstract

AIM:

To investigate the coexistence of urine and faecal incontinence in Swedish schoolchildren.

METHODS:

Cohort study of all schoolchildren in the first and fourth grades in the city of Eskilstuna. A questionnaire was used, in which parents reported the prevalence of urine and faecal incontinence for their children. with a response rate of 67%. Data were analysed with multiple logistic regression.

RESULTS:

Daytime urinary incontinence (at least once a month) was reported in 6.3% of the first graders and 4.3% of the fourth graders, while bedwetting (at least once a month) was reported in 7.1% and 2.7% and faecal incontinence in 9.8% and 5.6%, respectively. Daytime urinary incontinence was strongly associated with faecal incontinence; adjusted odds ratio (OR) 7.2 (p < 0.001) as well as with bedwetting; OR 4.1 (p < 0.001), whereas faecal incontinence and bedwetting lacked a significant association (OR 1.2).

CONCLUSION:

This study demonstrates that soiling and daytime urinary incontinence often coexist in Swedish schoolchildren. Collaborative treatment strategies with gastroenterological and urological content need to be developed for these children.

PMID:
15124844
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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