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Children of Stroke and Potty Training

By Jude Roberts, Staff Writer

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Your child will have a lot to practice, and while they are doing so, you can begin investigating the different types of potty seats or chairs that are available. If your child is fairly young, you may want to invest in a potty chair that can rest on the floor, then, as the child improves, parts of the potty chair can be adapted to fit a regular-sized toilet, still giving your child a sense of security while on the ďbigĒ potty. Also, many potty seats and chairs come with rails on both sides, providing added security and safety. Be sure that toilet paper is placed in an easily accessible area so that it can be reached with their unaffected side. Another good idea that may help your child with their concentration and thought process is to continually use reminders or set a timer so that both of you will remember that itís time to try and go to the bathroom. Even if they donít actually go at that specific moment, the fact of when they should go will still be reinforced, as well as the idea of needing to use the potty instead of going in their diaper. 

The most important thing to remember is not to place a lot of stress and/or expectations on yourself or on your child. Things happen, and sometimes, even after a child has been successfully potty trained, there will be times when accidents or regression may happen, especially after an illness or a change in the normal routine. Through offering your child constant reassurance and showing them how proud you are of them, youíll be teaching them more than just how to go to the bathroom; youíll be teaching them self-esteem and self-confidence as well, and these two characteristics will definitely last them a lifetime.


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