Switching from pot to toilet is a slightly more difficult process than the transition from diaper to pot. You can expect a lot of unexpected reactions and confusing signals from the child. Learning how to use the toilet is a complex and long-lasting process that requires patience from parents. Arm yourself with information, calm and patience and learn how to deal with the most common problems you may face when the child learns to use the toilet!
The child still does it
During the transition from pot to toilet, the child will face several embarrassing accidents. He will get rid of it many times before reaching a toilet to meet his needs.
The young child does not have a well-developed sphincter or bladder control in order to keep himself. He cannot delay the urination or defecation long enough to reach a toilet and therefore, he does so. In addition, when he is focused on a fun play activity, he forgets that he has to go to the bathroom and has a tendency to get rid of his pants.
Teach your child to go to the toilet on time by talking to them frequently about this habit. Tell him that it is important that when he feels that he is coming to do his needs, he will draw your hand and warn you that he wants to the toilet.
Explain to them how important it is not to delay the moment and what are the consequences of this behavior. To prevent these unpleasant accidents, he also follows the body's signals that he is about to meet his needs: he sits on the floor, changes his face or crosses his legs and puts his hands between his legs. When you are surprised at such gestures in the child, ask him if he needs, somehow, the toilet.
Sometimes, you will decode the body signals correctly, at other times you will be wrong, but it is important that each such situation gives you the opportunity to remind them how important it is to notify you when it needs a bath.
The child does not know how to use the toilet paper
One of the important steps in the use of the toilet is the deletion of the genital area or the toilet paper. The child learns how to get rid of it after urinating, because the procedure takes place in front of him and the child better handles the toilet paper in the genital area.
In the case of defecation, the erasure must be done through the back and things are complicated for the child. The movement should always be from the front to the outside to prevent bacteria and germs from the faeces from entering the urinary tract.
The little one does not have enough dexterity to handle the paper through the back. Here you are interviewing, who must practice wiping him every time he uses the toilet to do the big job. Teach him to approximate the size of the piece of paper he needs (counting the squares), how to hold it in his hand, and what is the basic movement for deletion.
He exercises with his sleeve, but you control the movements. Explain to them, as you show them, that when the paper touches the bottom, it is important to press it slightly and pull outwards to remove the bottom. After it has cleared, advise him to immediately dispose of the paper used in the toilet bowl.
Most preschoolers have the ability to wipe properly at the ass only at the age of 5, but the success is due to the parents, who must have the patience and calmness to initiate them in the mysteries of this ability of personal hygiene.
The child does not want to use the public toilets
The categorical refusal of the child to use the public toilet is always caused by the unwanted accident in which he gets rid of it. Because public toilets are not a familiar environment, they are often odorous and many unknown people pervade them, the child is inhibited and prefers to do so rather than in a new place, which scares him.
To accommodate it more easily with public toilets, it is advisable to "visit" them several times before using them. Get used to such spaces and their rules, but be careful to choose a few clean and tidy toilets, so that the little one does not have repulsion towards them and refuses to use them in the future.
Familiarizing the child with public toilets is a long process, which requires patience and perseverance on your part. It is important to be an example to him and see that you use such toilets frequently. In this way, you lessen the fears and negative impressions that such a space creates.
From the moment you accept to use the public toilet, it is time to learn what the procedure is, since the rules from the home toilet do not apply to the public one. Since the child is too young to learn how to use the toilet without sitting on the public toilet, it is important to teach him how to put a foil cover for the toilet lid (if the toilet is equipped with such products) or toilet paper before to sit on it. Explain each time the reasons why it is important to take such measures when using other toilets than at home.
The child is constipated because he refuses to use the toilet
If your little one has fears about using the toilet or simply doesn't like to use it, he will develop a habit that is harmful to his health: he will keep as much as he can, and then he will do it in his pants.
The habit of delaying urination or defecation predisposes the child to constipation, a medical condition that affects the health of the digestive tract. In addition, it has other immediate side effects. The more the child delays defecation, the stronger the seat, and its removal will be painful and uncomfortable.
It is advisable to create a routine from placing the baby on the toilet to doing the big job, from the first dates when you make the transition from pot to pot. Place it especially in the morning and evening. According to doctors, these are the times of day when most children get used to doing the big job.
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