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Many parents aren't sure when to begin toilet training. It's best to wait until your child is truly ready. A child may be physically ready after 18 months of age. But it may take longer to be ready emotionally.
There are many different ways to toilet train. Start by showing your child how to use the toilet. You may have to repeat this many times. When your child shows interest or progress, you can respond with praise and encouragement.
Toilet training works best when it is a positive experience. If it becomes a struggle or a battle of wills, it is best to stop for a while. You may be ready for toilet training. But your child may not be. Be patient, and look forward to the freedom from diapers.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: March 1, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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