Potty Training

Friday, May 06, 2016

Toilet training is a developmental milestone. It cannot be rushed. Adopting an attitude that it will happen eventually will ease parents frustration and protect the childs sense of esteem. Dr. Edward Hill discusses potty training in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Even though there is no right age to start toilet training, most healthy children have the skills needed to start between 18 and 30 months of age. However, it is fine to wait until you feel that your child is ready.

You need to be patient and encourage your child. A good first step is to buy a potty-chair. Children should start by sitting on the potty-chair fully clothed until they get used to just sitting on it. Once they are comfortable sitting on the chair, try to have them sit on it unclothed. Praise children right away when they use the potty.

Keep in mind that children have setbacks and need to be encouraged. Never call bodily functions stinky, messy, or yucky. This can make children self-conscious and they may refuse to use the toilet.

If you need help, or if your child is constipated, hides during bowel movements, or tries to hold in bowel movements, tell your doctor.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.