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Bowel Control

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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