Toilet Training Problems

see also Bed Wetting

Before the age of eighteen months most children are simply unable to make the connection between the urge to pass water or stool and the results of doing so. Control of bladder and bowels is something that develops gradually between the age of eighteen months and midway through the fourth year, although accidents can happen up to the age of five or older.

Setbacks are quite common after illness or major upsets in routine, such as the arrival of a new baby or tension in the family; if the problem continues for more than a week, see your medical doctor or go to a homeopath for constitutional treatment. Soiling is usually caused by Constipation, which in turn can be caused by insufficient roughage in the diet or by retention of faeces for emotional reasons; again, if the problem continues for more than a week, consult your medical doctor or homeopath.

Self-help: It is important not to hurry or force toilet training. Unlike you, the child has little to gain from putting urine or faeces in a potty rather than in a nappy or on the ground. Try to avoid making the child feel disgusting or guilty about the products of his or her own body.

Introduce the potty at around eighteen months, and give it to the child whenever he or she expresses the need to pass water or stool. Once the connection between the potty and the urge to go to the toilet has been established, try to be matter of fact about the results - don't freak out if the child misses or go into rhapsodies if he or she succeeds. Once the potty has been mastered, encourage the child to use a child seat on an adult toilet - a small step may be necessary at first.

Until the age of about two and a half, a nappy is necessary at night; if the child has been dry for several nights running, remove the nappy but keep a waterproof sheet on the bed. Occasional bedwetting is quite normal up to the age of about four.

Go Back Back to Ailments & Diseases

View Related

Ailment & Diseases

  Bed Wetting
  Constipation in Children
View Related


Related to Child Ailments & Diseases
  Children's Hearing Assessment Centre (CHAC)
  National Asthma Campaign
  National Autistic Society, The
  National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society
  Cystic Fibrosis Research Trust
  Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (ASBAH)
  International Autistic Research Organisation, The
  Association of Child Psychotherapists
  Down's Syndrome Association
  Hyperactive Children's Support Group
  National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)
  National Deaf Children's Society
  Association of Parents of Vaccine Damaged Children

Forward this Article

Email this Page
Forward this page to a friend

Print this Article

Print this Page
Send this page to your printer
Dr Lockie logo