Advising parents on toilet training

Am Fam Physician. 1991 Oct;44(4):1263-6.


Toilet training is a potential source of anxiety for parents and children. The proper approach to toilet training involves an assessment of the readiness of both the child and the parents. Parents should have a realistic idea of the chances of success, and they must be patient and supportive. The majority of children are completely toilet trained by two and one-half years of age. Physicians should initiate discussions about toilet training with parents when a child is 12 to 18 months of age.

MeSH terms

  • Child, Preschool
  • Counseling
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Parent-Child Relations*
  • Toilet Training*