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My son who is suffering from cerebral palsy is 9 years old is not toilet trained. Is he likely to ever learn?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree

In brief: Depends/understaning

To control toileting requires that the individual receive & understand the sensations that signal stooling or voiding readiness.
Then they must be able to approch the bathroom, alter clothing, empty, then reverse the process. CP affects central understanding and muscle control in diverse ways so the answer is maby. Pedi developmental or GI docs often deal with such issues.

In brief: Depends/understaning

To control toileting requires that the individual receive & understand the sensations that signal stooling or voiding readiness.
Then they must be able to approch the bathroom, alter clothing, empty, then reverse the process. CP affects central understanding and muscle control in diverse ways so the answer is maby. Pedi developmental or GI docs often deal with such issues.
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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatrics - Neurology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Unlikely but possibl

Cerebral palsy affects the ability to control the muscles of the body.
This includes the bowel and bladder muscles. Children with cerebral palsy can learn methods to help them control the bowel and bladder function, but it may be incomplete and very frustrating. It is not their fault, and they should be encouraged to try but not faulted if they are not able. Bowel and bladder schedules help.

In brief: Unlikely but possibl

Cerebral palsy affects the ability to control the muscles of the body.
This includes the bowel and bladder muscles. Children with cerebral palsy can learn methods to help them control the bowel and bladder function, but it may be incomplete and very frustrating. It is not their fault, and they should be encouraged to try but not faulted if they are not able. Bowel and bladder schedules help.
Dr. William Goldie
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
1 doctor agrees

In brief: If he does not have

Neurogenic bowel or bladder: read " steps to independence" for behavioral methids.
Pediatrician or pediatric GI will want to evaluate for & manage constipation aggressively. Place him on the toilet for 15 minutes, 15 minutes after a meal. Prop his legs on a " little looster" so knees are flexed slightly more than 90 degrees. Have him blow bubbles. He can read or color. Reward him for sitting.

In brief: If he does not have

Neurogenic bowel or bladder: read " steps to independence" for behavioral methids.
Pediatrician or pediatric GI will want to evaluate for & manage constipation aggressively. Place him on the toilet for 15 minutes, 15 minutes after a meal. Prop his legs on a " little looster" so knees are flexed slightly more than 90 degrees. Have him blow bubbles. He can read or color. Reward him for sitting.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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