Toileting Development Delays in Children
Toileting is the process of training a child to independently use the toilet to relieve their bladder and bowels. Below are the stages in which children develop toileting skills.
- Beginning to develop toileting skills
- Fully independent, though may still require bedtime toileting reminders
- Fully toilet trained
Indications of a Toileting Development Delay
If a child exhibits any of the following emotions and/or behaviours or has any of the following physical/developmental concerns, this may indicate a toileting development delay.
- Has extreme fear of the toilet/potty
- Has intense emotional reaction when encouraged to use the toilet/potty, either at home or in public
- Has unusual toileting behaviours such as handling, smearing and ingesting feces
- Has not made any progress in toilet training for months
- Has physical concern(s) that make it difficult to undress, access the toilet or wipe themselves
- Has developmental delays in other areas (e.g. motor skills, language, social skills)