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Bowel Control

Parents are anxious to teach their child bladder control and toilet training.To know when to toilet train your child and make her use the potty read on.

When can I expect my child to develop bowel and bladder control

Control over bowel and bladder movements usually develops around 15 or 18 months, and sometimes even later. There is no way you can coerce your child to develop this control until she is good and ready.

When should I start toilet training my child

In order for your child to develop control over her bowel and bladder, both her physical and mental development will have to be advanced enough. Her muscles must be strong enough to hold urine and faeces. Her muscles must do this when the brain transmits the appropriate signal. For this to happen, your child must be able to make the connection between inner sensations and the conscious need to pass urine or stools. You will know that your child is aware that she has a full rectum or bladder when she stops what she is doing and points at her diaper or tries to attract your attention by crying or shouting.  

When can I teach my child to use the potty

Your child will probably develop bowel control first as it is easier to control bowel movements than bladder movements. When she indicates that her bowel is full, take off all her clothes and suggest that she use the potty. After she has finished, wipe her bottom (front-to back) with toilet paper. Do not force your child to sit on the potty. It may have the reverse effect and she might have a tantrum the next time. Once she has become accustomed to using the potty, the next step is to encourage her to use the lavatory. She may feel a little insecure because it is so much larger. In order to make her feel more secure and supported, use a specially designed seat that fits inside the toilet rim.

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Suzanne France.5 years ago
Having learned the hard way, I agree with Richard's method.

How to give a child an enema: Put a towel down on the bed. Prepare the enema (Fleet or bulb-and-bag). Make him take his pants off. Give him the choice - he can either take the enema in the praying-to-Mecca position, leaning forward, or you can put him over your lap and leglock him like a baby. That should be enough to make him co-operate. He might still cry and make a fuss as you stick the nozzle in and squeeze the bulb, but remember, this`ll make him do a do in 5 to 10 minutes!
neha.5 years ago
my child is one and a half years and refuses to sit on the potty seat...He usually tells me when to use bathroom for toilet but he will never me when to use the bathroom for potty....
RICHARD.7 years ago
you might not like the idea but i have the answer to potty problems when I was aged about 3 my mother would not tolerate not doing a poo every day and when sat on the china large potty which was owned by my grandmother she would threaten an ENEMA and hey presto I soon did a poo not likeing the previous enema givern by the nurse
enema caused a good motion every time one pint of water or less into the rectum via the anus and a motion will result in minitutes
Rishika.9 years ago
usually what is the right age when the child can be given toilet training?
Indu.9 years ago
is 2 1/2 years too late to toilet train.
nancy.9 years ago
i have tried various methods but in vain. my baby simply refuses to sit on the potty. i even tried taking her to the bathroom. she will tell me only when the deed is done. help me find a solution.
r sahu.9 years ago
articles like this is very informative and helps in care of child.
Sowmya.9 years ago
my 3 year old wears panties most of the time except when she has to do a big job. she brings a diaper makes me put it on for her and refuses to use the potty. we have tried everything we can... scaring her, cajoling her... nothing works. once she is done she will say "tomorrow i will go only in the potty". she started to pee in the potty when she was 18 months old and that was so easy... but the big job training seems a real big job for us... if anyone has suggestion please let me know...
Kara.9 years ago
i can't believe that this lady actually feels her child's bowel movements! that is disgusting! what has come of the human race? before we know it, supermarkets will be selling poop by the pound in many diferent varieties. i am disgusted but also excited for the future.
Sara B..9 years ago
i feel its just impossible that your child as small as may be 15 mth old come and tell u that she want to go to loo, she will do this only when we parent make them realise and understand what needs to be done,and in my view potty trainning should be started as soon as your child starts sitting, so they grow up understanding that they have to use potty for certain purpose.
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