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Can you tell me how to get my child to go to the toilet from the training potty?

Can you tell me how to get my child to go to the toilet from the training potty?

Toilet training: Here are a few things to try. You probably don't want to go out and buy another potty, but they make ones that can be set up on the toilet, with steps. For boys, put some 'targets' in the toilet, for him to hit. Otherwise, it's not worth arguing, it will end up a battle of wills, and you can't win. Don't worry, s/he won't go to college with it. Use positive reinforcement; star charts are great! ...Read more

Dr. Valerie Hines
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Toilet Training (Definition)

Toilet training, is the process of training a young child to use a toilet or "potty chair" for urination and defecation . A child who can walk from room to room, pull his pants up & down & say "pee-pee", " poo-poo" or "potty" when he senses the urge is ready to toilet train. Rewarding attempts as well as successes & ignoring accidents, basic behavioral precepts, ...Read more


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When and how to begin toilet training?

When and how to begin toilet training?

A toddler who walks: From room to room, pulls his/her pants & pull-up or underpants up & down & says " pee-pee", "poo-poo" or "potty" to indicate he senses the urge to "go" is ready for daytime toilet training. If not, you may create a behavior problem. There's no harm in putting a potty chair in the bathroom for the child to sit on while you model using the toilet, but don't force the child to sit on it. ...Read more

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How do you prepare for toilet training?

How do you prepare for toilet training?

A toddler who walks: From room to room, pulls his/her pants & pull-up or underpants up & down & says " pee-pee", "poo-poo" or "potty" to indicate he senses the urge to "go" is ready for daytime toilet training. If not, you may create a behavior problem. There's no harm in putting a potty chair in the bathroom for the child to sit on while you model using the toilet, but don't force the child to sit on it. ...Read more

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Which age child is ready to start toilet training?

Which age child is ready to start toilet training?

Varies: Most children can beging toilet training between 9-15 months. There are many variables and often they learn by observing others, for example in day care. Do not get frustrated and it is important to remember that each child develops at their own rate. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: toilet training?

Potty Training: Toilet training, is the process of training a young child to use a toilet or "potty chair" for urination and defecation. A child who can walk from room to room, pull his pants up & down & say "pee-pee", " poo-poo" or "potty" when he senses the urge is ready to toilet train. Rewarding attempts as well as successes & ignoring accidents, basic behavioral precepts, effectively shape this behavior. ...Read more

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Can toilet training be a cause of mental illness?

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Can toilet training be a cause of mental illness?

Toilet: Not a cause, but faulty training can result in enuresis or encopresis or obstinence with oppositional defiant acts later on. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Toilet training resistance?

What is the definition or description of: Toilet training resistance?

No Potty for me!: Children who refuse to be toilet trained. They either wet themselves, soil themselves or try to hold back their bowel movements.
Most common cause of resistance is that the child has been lectured or reminded too much. ...Read more

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How can I make toilet training a positive experience for my 2-year-old?

How can I make toilet training a positive experience for my 2-year-old?

Relax: In normal kids, everyone eventually is potty trained. This is a normal milestone of development.Thus, it will always happen. Do not pressure your child. The average little girl trains at 26 mos/age and the little boy trains at 32 mos. Train by example until the child is ready. ...Read more

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How can I make toilet training a positive experience for my 18-month-old?

How can I make toilet training a positive experience for my 18-month-old?

Signs of readiness: Are being able to walk from room to room, pull diaper, pull-ups & pants up & down, be dry for 2 hours, say "potty" or other word to indicate he senses the urge to go. Till then, let him sit on a potty, clothed, while you model using the toilet. Pushing it creates behavior problems. Buy a Little Looster stool. Read http://m.kidshealth.org/parent/emotions/behavior/toilet_teaching.html ...Read more

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We started toilet training our child and she hasn't had motion for 2 days now. Is that normal and what should we do?

We started toilet training our child and she hasn't had motion for 2 days now. Is that normal and what should we do?

Holding stool : Frequently toddlers will hold their stool during potty training. They will pee in the potty but prefer the diaper for stools. The reasons are comfort, fear, not ready to sit on that potty. If he is holding both stool and urine take a break from potty training. If just stool talk to him about your hopes and wishes. Use stickers to encourage potty use or other reward. ...Read more

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Toilet training myself for incontinence with scheduled voiding, kegels, etc. Isn't there a surgical fix?

Toilet training myself for incontinence with scheduled voiding, kegels, etc. Isn't there a surgical fix?

If Sui yes: Stress urinary incontinence is easily addressed with a sling. There are some surgical treatments for other types of incontinence but not as common. ...Read more

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Started toilet training our 3yr daughter but she hasn't passed motion in 3 days now. She is very unformirtable and we've put her back on a diaper. She's having lots of fiber & water. What should do?

Discuss with pediatr: Generally you should not force this on your child. She may not be having bowel movements because she is defiant of your efforts (three year-olds). Try to use a reward mechanism. She will respond when she is ready. ...Read more

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21/2 yrs old son is hyperactive. Can't talk just says 50 words. Doesn't eat just drinks milk. Difficulty in toilet training. How to handle him?

21/2 yrs old son is hyperactive. Can't talk just says 50 words. Doesn't eat just drinks milk. Difficulty in toilet training. How to handle him?

Needs evaluation: The combination of all of those issues suggests there might be some type of developmental delay. Milk as the sole source of nutrition is not healthy and suggests there may be some sensory issues. This could be part of the issue with the toilet training as well. Recurrent ear infections associated with speech delay could mean decreased hearing. Ask his primary to do an evaluation or refer to another. ...Read more

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My 3 yo was potty training great until we went away and weren't consistent. He was afraid of self flushing toilets. Now he is resistant to toilet.

My 3 yo was potty training great until we went away and weren't consistent.  He was afraid of self flushing toilets. Now he is resistant to toilet.

Put him back in : Pull-ups without discussing the issue unless he brings it up, then affirm that those public potties scared him a little, but that he chooses when the potties at home, preschool, etc. flush. Put small, safe toys in a glass bowl on top of the fridge. When he asks what they're for, the say, " Oh, they're for when you choose to pee-pee & poo-poo in the potty." Being casual is key. ...Read more

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My 3 yo is potty training. On occasion when urine dries on white potty seat 1 or 2 dots may look a little red. Never red in the toilet. Took OTC UTI test that was negative. Is it just rxn btwn plastic and urine?

My 3 yo is potty training. On occasion when urine dries on white potty seat 1 or 2 dots may look a little red. Never red in the toilet. Took OTC UTI test that was negative. Is it just rxn btwn plastic and urine?

Probably not: The dark red/purplish stains on the toilet seat may be from small degree of hematuria or crystals in the urine or the source of the stains may be outside the urinary system, like skin or rectal region.
Your child should therefore be examined by the doctor for a better assessment. ...Read more

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Can you advise for potty training my babies?

Can you advise for potty training my babies?

Be patient: Babies have different responses to potty training. Some are so self-sufficient, independent, that they will resist anything that is n ot their idea. Others will allow you to provide direction and comply with your requests. Methods will vary depending on of the personality of the child. Try not to make a big issue of it, set an example, reward successful use of the potty, do not punish failure. A great resource is a DVD called Baby Songs by Hap Palmer, the vignette “today I took my diapers off” motivates many an independent minded child to take charge of the process. Available online at Babysongs.com, the original one. ...Read more

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Is 18 months to 2 years too early for potty training, or can we start now?

Is 18 months to 2 years too early for potty training, or can we start now?

When Ready: Many people have many indicators for readiness. The best sign I have seen is when the child wants changed every time they are wet, they generally can be trained in 2 wks. Although there is no real research, this seems to work. ...Read more

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I tried potty training for my 23 months toddler but my trials failed. When should I start trying again?

I tried potty training for my 23 months toddler but my trials failed. When should I start trying again?

Wait until ready: He/she may not be developmentally ready for potty training yet. Children need some core skills in order to potty train easily: able to say, 'I need to go potty' or the like, able to pull down/back up pants independently, wakes up dry in the morning. Without these skills it will be more difficult, so waiting is best. Most children potty train between 2 and 4, so there is a broad range of normal. ...Read more

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What's the normal age to start potty training my son? He's 19months old now and I feel like he should be potty trained?

What's the normal age to start potty training my son? He's 19months old now and I feel like he should be potty trained?

Around 2: Most kids train around their second birthday. However, with any developmental milestone, age varies from child to child. You should not "expect" him to be trained by now, nor can he sing the national anthem yet. But he may be showing signs of interest, and then it's ok to start working with him. Many toddlers show some initial interest and then back away. Be patient and work with them, not against. ...Read more

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I'm potty training my daughter. If I read books to my daughter on the potty, will that distract her from what she is supposed to be doing?

On the contrary!: Sounds like both of you are having fun with potty time! Please continue what you're doing! Potty time should be a relaxing time! Multitasking this early never hurt anybody! You are doing great! Barney books always get the job done ;). ...Read more

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I am potty training my 3 year old who has a strong personality. The only method that has worked is by having her naked. She still bed wets. Any advice?

Put her clothes on: If you have done rehearsal & she knows where the stuff is the best thing you can do is become her assistant, not her drill sergeant. A strong willed child must first understand when she gets the feeling she needs to go, & feel happy she is responding to that need. Telling her no more than twice a day that you will help is crucial. You can provide incentives for doing big girl things but relax. ...Read more

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My daughter is finally potty training and she says she thinks she went or don't know if she went cuz she don't feel it. What could this be caused from?

My daughter is finally potty training and she says she thinks she went or don't know if she went cuz she don't feel it. What could this be caused from?

Monitored: Your child is young enough that her excursions to the bathroom should be monitored so you are aware of her health. She's learning, so may not know how to interpret her body signals. ...Read more

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My 5yr old is finally potty training & don't know if she goes and she says she can't feel herself go she has always been like this what could cause this?

My 5yr old is finally potty training & don't know if she goes and she says she can't feel herself go she has always been like this what could cause this?

Caudal regression: Syndrome, in which parts of the lower half of the body do not develop properly, is rare, but less rare in infants of diabetic mothers. If the lower spine & sacrum (pelvic bone) are malformed or the sacrum is absent, problems controlling bowel and bladder can occur. Ask her pediatrician to look for physical findings, then (s)he'll order X-rays or MRI & make appropriate referrals, if CRS is present. ...Read more

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What age is good fot potty training?

What age is good fot potty training?

Depends on the child: Most kids get interested in the potty around 18 mo. & train by 2 yrs. If their parents start taking them along every time the parents use the toilet. Put the kiddy potty on the bathroom floor so that your child can sit on it while you use the regular one. Start your child with clothes on;after a few days, go to just diaper, then, when your child's ready, to bare-bottom. Lots of praise & rewards help! ...Read more

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What is a good age for potty training?

Depends: This depends on your child but generally you can start at 2-3 years of age. Some children will not be willing to start this early and you do not want to force the issue. ...Read more

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When's a good age to start potty training?

When's a good age to start potty training?

Varies by child : Varies by each child and his/her readiness to begin potty training, but typically between 2-3 years of age. View the following links for additional information: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/infant-and-toddler-health/in-depth/potty-training/art-20045230. And: http://www.babycenter.com/potty-training ...Read more

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What is a good age to start potty training?

22-30 months old: The answer really is, "when your child is ready"... But for a more concrete response, the typical age is between 22 and 30 months. A good reference for further reading on toilet training your child can be found at:
http://www.Webmd. Com/parenting/tc/toilet-training-topic-overview. ...Read more

Dr. Allyson Pizzo-Berkey
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