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Potty Training and Constipation

When to Potty Train a Toddler

Toilet training typically begins for children between 18 months and 4 years of age. Each child is different and therefore learns at various developmental stages and ages. Teaching your child to use the toilet will change based on their age. For instance, a child at 18 months can begin toilet training by identifying appropriate words such as "poop", "pee", "potty", etc. A 3-year-old child however, can learn about potty training through toileting tools, books, and videos.

How to Potty Train a Toddler

Ease your child into using the toilet training by ushering them to the bathroom within 2 hours of awakening and/or 30 minutes after a large snack or meal. This will help encourage them in a more naturally occurring way. Also, be sure to allow unhurried use of the toilet in a calm, non-threatening environment.

Untreated constipation can delay or complicate potty training. Be sure to address constipation issues and be sure that your child is getting enough water. Use our Toilet Training Tips for additional information and a water intake guide.

This Bowel Management Tool will help you keep track of your child's potty training activities, bowel movements and help track progress.

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