8 Healthy Cathing Habits
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Catheritization or “cathing” is a fact of life for many bladder exstrophy patients.
These eight healthy cathing habits help patients reduce the risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs) and are important in maintaining good health and overall well-being.
- Drink fluids: It’s especially important for bladder exstrophy patients to drink plenty of fluids every day.
- Wash your hands. Always wash your hands before and after bathing and you’ll reduce your risk of urinary track infections.
- Clean the area. Clean the stoma or urethra area with a baby wipe or soap and water before inserting your catheter.
- Discard or wash the catheter. If your catheter will be reused, wash with soap and water and let it air dry.
- Keep on a schedule. Cathing on a regular schedule will reduce the likelihood of leaks and will help you bladder and kidneys be healthy.
- Cath before sports or travel. Empty your bladder before playing sports or taking a long car or plane ride.
- Flush with saline solution. Flush your bladder regularly with a saline wash as recommended by your doctor.
- Sample new catheters. Advancements in catheter designs and technology mean more comfort, private and ease of use.