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For Health Care Professionals | Overview

Nearly a fifth of children over age 5 experience issues with bladder or urinary tract dysfunction, which can often be treated with conservative, nonsurgical approaches. At Boston Children’s, we care for these children in our Center for Health Elimination and Bladder Rehabilitation (CHEER). CHEER is one of the only programs in the country to be co-led by both a pediatric urologist and a pediatrician. This allows us to focus on both urologic and general medical reasons for urinary difficulties. Our support team includes nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, psychologists, and other experts from various disciplines.

How we work with you

When you refer a patient to CHEER, our team first rules out underlying medical or surgical issues that may be responsible for their urinary problems. Then, we work with the family to create a customized treatment plan tailored to the child’s individual needs. This care plan may include a combination of educational, medical, behavioral, and rehabilitative approaches to help resolve their urinary problems, such as urotherapy, pelvic floor muscle therapy, and medications as necessary. We view you as part of our shared patients’ care team and keep you aware and involved throughout treatment.

How to refer

To refer a patient to CHEER, please call us at 877-705-0040.