At what age can a child start to cath themselves?

This is a popular question with families. The answer is not clearly defined however. Each child is different and unique in their own way. Several factors impact a child’s ability and “readiness” to catheterize. Their level of development is very important as not all children are developmentally in line with their age and may simply not understand the task of intermittent self-catheterization, also known as “cathing”. Hand dexterity, pincer grasp, range of motion, body size, wheel chair use, and level of sensation play a large role as well. In my experience, the youngest child that I was able to teach to catheterize, independently, but with supervision was only 4 years old. The majority of children that possess all the needed qualities and also motivation to complete the task are usually ready to start self cathing by school age.

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