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Where to start in supporting your child or young person, in being successful with using the toilet?

An article by Charmaine Champ, Continence Sleep and Behaviour Consultant

  • Does your child hold on to their wee or poo for long periods of time? Does your child have poo or wee accidents in the day or night?
  • Does your child restrict where they poo or wee? Does your child only poo in a nappy or pull up?
  • Is your child ready to start potty or toilet training?
  • Would you like to know “where” to start in helping your child move out of nappies / pull-ups towards using the toilet?

Every child is individual. If you can answer yes to “any” of the questions above, do not worry, help and support is available!

As a Continence Sleep and Behaviour Consultant, with over twenty-five years, qualified nursing experience, specialising in supporting children with Autism, Learning Disability, Complex, Additional needs, and Neurodiversity, I am passionate about helping children and their families.

If you ask my son, he will be the first to say: “Oh no, Mums talking about poo again!” Or “Everything is always about wee and poo!” It’s true, everything really does evolve around wee and poo. For our children, eating and drinking habits, pain, discomfort and our children’s ability or inability to communicate this with us, our children’s moods and exhibiting challenging or difficult behaviour or even our children’s ability to settle to sleep or sleep through the night has a connection with poo and wee. If, everything we do has a connection to our poo and wee where do we start in being successful with using the toilet?

Being successful with using the toilet, means we as a family, carer or professional need to identify when our children:

  • Poo, the time, the day, the size and type according to the Bristol Stool Chart and
  • Wee, the time, how often in the day, the size and confirming the appearance.

Through identifying poo and wee patterns over fourteen days, means we can begin to understand “how” our children’s bodies are currently working and where our children may need further help.

When reviewing the recorded patterns, we need to confirm poos are being passed either once, twice or three times a day or a minimum of four times a week and wees are being passed between four and seven occasions each day. Once your child’s patterns are in accordance with how poos and wees need to be passed, your child is ready to move to the next stage. However, should your child not be weeing and pooing as needed, further support is required.

Further support is available through a FREE Introductory call, FREE Supporting Videos, Direct Starter Packages, Direct Solution Comprehensive Assessment Packages of Care, Online Courses and Webinars, two published books and many more support options:

Support available:

Bowel & Bladder Assessment Pack: A guide for carers and professionals helping children and young people with a learning disability, physical disability, autism or complex needs to be successful with toileting (2016) ISBN 9780957660137.
Available direct or via Amazon – click here to purchase.

Bobby can use the toilet. Including a PULL – OUT Summary Chart (2016) / ISBN9780957660120.
Available direct or via Amazon – click here to purchase.

Contact details:

YouTube channel: Charmaine Champ

Instagram: @continenceconsultanttrainer

LinkedIn: Charmaine Champ Continence Sleep & Behaviour Consultant and Trainer, Freelance and Published Author

Health Unlocked: CharmaineChamp



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