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BBC - Bowel and Bladder disorders in Children

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Barbro Hedin Skogman

Research subject

Bowel and bladder disorders among children have increased among children in the western world. In addition, the age at which children start toilet training has increased during the last decades.

Animated Rabbit sitting on a potty.BABITT on a potty (Made by Anna Leijon)

We conduct a pragmatic randomized intervention study (BABITT) at Child Health Care Centers in Sweden to investigate whether potty training during the first year of life can affect the occurrence of functional bowel and bladder disorders up to 4 years of age. We also performa a cross-stcional study to investigate the prevalence fo bowel and bladder disorder in Swedish 4-years old children (BABIS-4) . Aditionally, we intend to describe the potty training process regarding self reported parental stress and attachment.

Animated rabbits sitting on the toilet taking an ultrasound.

Ulla Sillen, senior consultant in pediatric urology, senior professor, Sahlgrenska Akademin, University of Gothenburg.
Anna-Lena Hellström, senior urotherapist, senior professor, Institute of Health and Care Sciences, University of Gothenburg.
Elisabet Gustafsson, senior consultant in pediatric surgery, associate professor, Institution of Women and Childrens Health, Uppsala University. 
Malin Borgström, registred nurse and urotherapist, PhD student at the Institution of Women and Childrens Health, Uppsala University.

Research funding bodies

  • Majblomman Foundation
  • Regional Research Council Mid Sweden
  • The Samariten foundation for paediatric research