Cerebral Palsy

Toilet Training

To toilet train you need to be both physically able to sit on the potty or toilet, have the sensation of wanting to go, and be able to use the right muscles to empty the bowel. A child with cerebral palsy may toilet train later, or take longer to toilet train because of the additional challenges they may face. Here are some things to consider:

  • Activity has a beneficial effect on the gut, if the tummy is not engaged there is no pressure on the bowel to get things moving. Try to keep your child active, and ask your occupational therapist or physiotherapist for exercises to work the core and get the tummy muscles moving.
  • A child may need extra supportive equipment to help them sit on the seat. Buy this in advance, so you can keep up the positive momentum when you decide to go for toilet training.
  • Consider introducing a standing frame to help the child stand to use the toilet.
  • Ask your occupational therapist for advice in advance so you are prepared when you sense your child may be ready.

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