Explaining VUR to your child
It is best to explain in your own words what is going to happen. The following description may give you some ideas. It is important that you use the same words for ‘urine’ and ‘urinate’ that you normally use with your child at home.
“Your bladder is like a big balloon that fills up with urine that comes from the kidneys. When you urinate, you empty the bladder, which then has nothing left in it. The urine comes into the bladder down two tubes, which are like two long, thin drinking straws. When the bladder is filled with urine, two little gates are supposed to close off the tubes. If they don’t work properly, the urine can run back up the tubes. This is not good for you, because the kidneys may become sick if there are germs in the urine.
To stop the urine from running back to the kidneys, the doctor can take a tiny little viewer and look right inside your bladder - inside the big balloon. Then from the viewer he can put a little blob of jelly inside you. This will stop the urine from running backwards to the kidneys but still allow it to run down into the bladder and come out as usual when you urinate. The doctor will give an injection of medicine that will make you go to sleep. And when you wake up you’ll be all better.”