Toilet Training

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Teaching your child how to use the toilet takes time and patience. Each child learns to use the toilet in his or her own time. Here is information from the American Academy of Pediatrics to help guide you and your child through the process.

When is a child ready?

Children have no control over bladder or bowel movements before age 12 months. Many children start to show signs of being ready between 18 and 24 months of age. Some children may not be ready until 36 months or older. Remember that it's normal for time frames to vary.

Most children can control their bowels and daytime urine by 3 to 4 years of age. Your child is able to stay dry during the day before being able to be dry at night. Most children are able to stay dry at night between 5 to 7 years of age.

Is your child ready?

Here are signs that your child may be ready.

If your child has issues with constipation, talk with your child?s doctor.

Toilet training tips

When toilet training should be put on hold

Major changes in the home may make toilet training more difficult. Sometimes it is a good idea to delay toilet training if


If any concern comes up before, during, or after ?toilet training, talk with your child?s doctor or pediatric health care professional. Often the problem is minor and can be resolved quickly. Sometimes ?physical or emotional causes will require treatment. Getting professional help can make the process??easier.

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The information contained in this publication should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and??circumstances.