Recognizing and intercepting problems during toilet training

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The topic of toilet training is an issue that causes many caregivers to seek advice from clinicians. When is the optimal time? What is the optimal method? What happens when a child shows no interest? These questions are often discussed at preventative care visits and are an important part of anticipatory guidance for parents and caregivers. This chapter discusses factors that should be considered when assessing toilet training readiness, common methods used in Western culture, and difficulties that may be encountered during the training process. Interventions to intercept potential and identified problems are presented throughout the chapter. When assessing toilet training readiness, clinicians should think about physiological and psychological factors. P-PCPs play a unique role in helping parents achieve successful toilet training by providing education and guidance to the parents and by intercepting potential problems with evidence-based interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBehavioral Pediatric Healthcare for Nurse Practitioners
Subtitle of host publicationA Growth and Developmental Approach to Intercepting Abnormal Behaviors
PublisherSpringer Publishing Company
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780826116819
ISBN (Print)9780826118677
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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