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Toilet training. (Respond).

C has a four-year-old with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and developmental delays that is having difficulty with potty training. The doctor said that his condition should not be interfering with his ability to control his bladder or bowels. She is looking for suggestions on how to improve his situation.

Start out by, for two weeks or so, checking your child every 30 minutes (more often if possible) to see if he is wet, and writing down in a diary whenever it occurs. At the end of two weeks, see if you can find a pattern of when he is most often wet, then sit him on the toilet just before those times. Be sure to give him lots of verbal praise when he is successful. After about a month, try to vary the times a little bit, by about 15 minutes or so. Timed toileting may not be independent toilet training, but it is still a big step forward. Good luck!

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Date:Feb 1, 2003
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