Can my child do CIC at school?

With your help, the school nurse will make an individualized health plan (IHP) for your child. The IHP is a written plan with your child’s health needs at school, such as:

  • How CIC will be done
  • Who will do or help with CIC
  • Who to call if there are problems with CIC or if your child might have a urinary tract infection

You and your child can talk with the school nurse or health aid. You can show them how to best do CIC for your child. They should use latex-free products if your child is on latex precautions or is latex sensitive.

How will the school nurse help my child with CIC?

The school nurse or health aid will:

  • Get supplies ready
  • Help your child with the steps he cannot do on his own
  • Check your child’s progress
  • Watch for any problems

Will it be a problem if my child leaves class to do CIC?

Talk with your child, the teacher, and the school nurse. Schedule your child’s CIC during normal break times or at other times that will work during the school day.

Why should my child learn CIC?

An important part of growing up is learning self-care. We all want our children to be independent. One way to help your child is to let him help as much as possible with his own CIC.

When should my child learn CIC?

Your child should help out as soon as he can. Some children may need special help to be able to do CIC on their own. For many children, putting in the catheter is the hardest step. Some children have problems remembering the steps of CIC. Others need help getting supplies set up. Encourage your child to do as much of the CIC as he is able. Think about your child’s abilities when asking him to help you. For example, if your child can wash his hands, he can help with that step. Let your child help set up supplies.

Talk about the steps of CIC each time he is catheterized. Talk with the nurse about your child’s progress.

You may need to help with CIC when your child gets sick