Potty training requires ‘understanding’, not ‘punishment’









Asserting that potty training is an important barrier for both parents and the child themselves, specialist in child health and diseases, Uzm. Dr. Fatma Çelik said: “The most important thing in this process is to be patient. It is a wrong attitude to punish children for potty training. Literally the best time for potty training is when the child wants it. The nervous tissue of the area that our child needs to control his toilet develops in different periods in each child. It’s not because our child seems ready that education will go smoothly. It may not be on the first try, our child may not want it or be afraid. Then it is advisable to wait and start again as if such a topic is not on the agenda. If not, you have to wait and start over. Potty training becomes much easier when children reach a certain age where they can control their bodies.

Indicates that the child is ready for potty training

Stating that it is of great importance that your child is emotionally ready for education, Uzm. Dr. Fatma Çelik said, “If he resists, don’t force him. It may need a little more time. A grueling potty training can make your child feel bad and lead to ongoing problems and constipation. Stressful periods such as moving house, birth of a sibling, death in the family, divorce are not suitable times to try,” he said, listing the signs that your child is ready for education as follows: “If the diaper of our child remains dry for at least two hours during the day, if his diaper stays dry during naps If the child expresses his need to the toilet with various gestures and/or words, he no longer defecates in his sleep, his facial expression changes as he poops and he tries to hide, he follows your simple instructions, he can go to the bathroom and undress, if he feels uncomfortable when his diaper is dirty, if he wants to go to the toilet, you can start the training process.

How do we provide potty training?

Fatma Çelik, who also advises on teaching, said: “Decide which words to use. Choose simple words that are used in the family and that the child can also say. It is important that you speak a common language with the child. As soon as you realize the child is ready, grab a potty. (They usually feel more comfortable on the potty because their feet touch the floor) Place the potty in the bathroom. Go to the bathroom every 1-2 hours. Encourage her to sit on the potty when she gets up in the morning, after eating and when you notice she needs to go to the bathroom. Let him wait a few minutes, if there is no result, do not insist. Some children initially pee on the potty, but continue to use their diapers to defecate. Praise him for every success, show your satisfaction with a smile or a hug, sometimes with a small reward. Remember that valued behavior is repeated. Forgive the occasional accident. Never punish for failure. This will only complicate the task and upset the child. Maybe your child is not ready yet, you still need to be patient.

Tips to help

Finally, Celik, who also gave other helpful tips, said: “Read books about getting used to the toilet. Be with him while on the potty, talk. It is helpful to show parents or older siblings how to use the toilet. Girls should be taught to clean from front to back to avoid urinary tract infections. He must learn to wash his hands after every toilet.


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