Clean intermittent catheterization (CIC): Step-by-step instructions for boys

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Children who need to use a catheter to empty their bladder can be taught to do so by themselves. Read step by step catheterization instructions for boys.

Key points

  • Clean intermittent catheterization (CIC) is a technique that your child will have to do several times a day to help empty urine from his bladder.
  • CIC is necessary when your child is unable to empty his bladder on his own, when his bladder leaks urine, or when very high pressure has developed in the bladder.
  • Your child should empty his bladder using CIC four to six times per day and should not go longer than eight hours without doing CIC at night.
  • There are two steps to keeping your child's catheters clean. Step 1 should be done after each time the supplies are used and step 2 should be done once a day for sterilization.
Last updated: November 6th 2009