Although incontinence becomes less common as children age, it still affects many older children and teenagers. Research tells us that between 20,000 and 60,000 Australians aged 13 to 18 experience some form of incontinence. This includes daytime wetting, bedwetting, soiling (faecal incontinence) or a combination of these issues.
The quality of life and psychosocial impacts of incontinence can be significant for people of any age, but are further amplified during the teenage years as it is a period of significant social and physical development. The Continence Foundation’s adolescent support website Incontinence in Confidence provides information and advice around building confidence, motivational strategies, talking to friends about incontinence, mental health support, and how to manage incontinence during sports and sleepovers.