July 30, 2016
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Potty Training (cont.)

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Tips for successful toilet training

  1. Keep a positive attitude and let that reflect in your interaction with your child during this process.
  2. Keep the child in loose-fitting clothing that is simple to remove.
  3. Keep an extra set of clothing (especially pants) in the car at all times. Accidents will happen. Follow the Boy Scout motto: "Be prepared."
  4. Teach boys to urinate in a seated position. Many parents will reserve the standing position following successful bowel movements in the toilet.
  5. Make bowel movement expulsion an easy task by keeping stools soft by encouraging high-fiber foods and watching for excessive foods that lead to constipation (such as excessive milk/dairy products, large amounts of bananas, large amounts of pasta).
  6. If your child looses interest or resists toilet training, stop and drop back to diapers for a few weeks.

Where can parents find more information about toilet training?

Toilet Training: The Brazelton Way by T. Berry Brazelton, MD, and Joshua D. Sparrow, MD

The American Academy of Pediatrics' Guide to Toilet Training (available at http://www.AAP.org)

The Potty Journey: Guide to Toilet Training Children With Special Needs, Including Autism and Related Disorders by Judith A. Coucouvanis

Medically reviewed by Margaret Walsh, MD; American Board of Pediatrics


"Toilet Training"

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/30/2015

Source: MedicineNet.com

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