Toilet Training and Hydrocephalus


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Potty training for the non-disabled child usually begins at around the age of 18 months to two years, and the child is usually ‘trained’ by day at around two and-a-half years.

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Toilet Training and Hydrocephalus

  1. 1. 42 Park Road Peterborough PE1 2UQ 01733 555988Toilet Training and HydrocephalusPotty training for the non-disabled child usually begins ataround the age of 18 months to two years, and the child isusually ‘trained’ by day at around two and-a-half years.Every child is different and it is position, with a comfortable,advisable to watch for signs in the supportive seat. If necessary, railschild’s development which may (or something for the child to holdsuggest he/she is ready to begin on to) will give stability to the upperpotty training, such as: awareness body. The child should be able tothat they are passing urine or place his/her feet flat on the floorhaving a bowel action; waking from or a box/plinth. An occupationalnaps with a dry nappy; asking to therapist should be able to helphave their nappy changed. with equipment if the child has poor sitting balance.Start at a time when you canspend a lot of time with your child, Many children with hydrocephaluswhen your child seems happy and learn better when there is a routine.there are no major distractions or Before you begin toilet training,stressful events in his/her life (new plan what that routine will be andbrother or sister, divorce, moving, stick to it until a habit is establishednew carer etc). (e.g. where the potty will be, what time to ‘try’, whether to use pantsA young child with hydrocephalus or ‘pull-ups’). Talk through eachmay have difficulty balancing step of the routine each time, towhen sitting. The potty or toilet reinforce it, being as consistent asshould provide a stable and secure you can. Watch the child for times
  2. 2. he/she is most likely to have a bowel Children with hydrocephalus mayaction, eg after breakfast, and try have relapses in toilet trainingthose times first. Reinforce good when starting school; there is sobehaviour ie, sitting on the potty, much going on that the child maywith praise. If nothing happens, say not listen to the body’s signals.nothing. If it is acceptable to your They may need reminding to go tofamily, take your child into the toilet the toilet and may need showingwhen you or family members go, to several times where the toilet is.reinforce what is expected. Classroom staff should be made aware of this.It may take much longer than withother children, so be patient. Onlystop as the very last resort, aschildren with hydrocephalus canbecome used to wearing nappiesthrough habit and this can be hardto break.Once a good habit is established,you can gently vary the routine,to allow your child to deal withchanges and become more flexible.Help usShine relies on people’s generosity and support so we can help our clientswho depend on us for help and advice - people with hydrocephalus, spinabifida, their families and carers. To donate to Shine please or call 01733 421329.This information has been produced by Shine’s medical advisers andapproved by Shine’s Medical Advisory Committee of senior medicalprofessionals.Shine - Registered charity no.249338To see our full range of information sheets and to find out how to donate toShine please visit