Children's Health and Wellness

Take the Toilet Training Quiz

One of the milestones for toddlers is toilet training. As a first-time parent, you may have questions about when to start and how to proceed. Learn more about toilet training by taking this quiz.

1. At what age is a child usually ready to start learning to use the toilet?You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is Each child is different, so your child may be ready earlier or later. Boys usually are not ready until later and take longer to learn than girls.A. Around 9 monthsB. Around 1 yearC. Around 2 to 3 yearsD. Around 5 years2. How long does it take for a child to master the process of using the toilet?You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is It may only take two weeks for a child to learn and remember the process. Other children may take up to six months to get it right. And that's for daytime toilet use. Nighttime dryness, especially in boys, may take an additional six months to a year. For some children, the process of toilet training becomes a power struggle with the parents. This may lead to constipation for the child and frustration for the parents. In this case, it usually is better to stop toilet training and return to using diapers until the child seems ready to try again.A. 2 weeksB. 1 monthC. 3 monthsD. 6 monthsE. Any of the above3. Which of these behaviors indicate that your child may be ready to learn to use the toilet?You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is Other indications include an ability to understand the words that refer to using the toilet, as well as an ability to tell you that she needs to go. A good time to begin the teaching process is in the summer, when a child wears less clothing, or can go for a certain period during the day without a diaper. Any clothing a child wears during the teaching process should be easy to pull down.A. Child is able to follow simple instructionsB. Child is able to control the muscles used for eliminationC. Child is able to keep a diaper dry for 2 hoursD. Child is able to pull down her diaper or underpants by herselfE. All of the above4. If a toileting accident happens while you are teaching your child, you should:You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is Accidents will happen, because your child is still learning. It's important not to punish your child or act disappointed. You should praise any effort that your child makes. If many accidents occur, try setting your child on a schedule. For instance, about 20 minutes after breakfast or dinner, have your child sit on the toilet or potty chair.A. Act disappointedB. Punish your childC. Give up; your child isn't ready for toilet trainingD. Tell your child it was an accident and move on5. Young children have more trouble staying dry at night than during the day. Nighttime bedwetting affects what percentage of 3-year-olds?You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is Nighttime bedwetting is called enuresis. It is normal and common among preschoolers, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Boys are more likely to have episodes of bedwetting than are girls and to continue wetting the bed until an older age.A. 10 percentB. 30 percentC. 40 percentD. 50 percent6. What may contribute to nighttime bedwetting?You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is The cause of bedwetting is usually a combination of the factors listed, as well as anxiety. Anxiety may be caused by divorce, moving or the birth of a sibling. Children who are being physically or sexually abused may also develop bedwetting. It may also be a sign of disease. Talk to your child's doctor if your child has been dry at night, but suddenly starts wetting the bed.A. Slower physical development than others the child's ageB. Overproduction of urineC. Inability to sense when the bladder is full when asleepD. All of the above7. Which is a helpful technique for easing nighttime bedwetting?You didn't answer this question.You answered The correct answer is Whenever a child is toilet training, parents should cover the child's mattress with a plastic mattress cover or waterproof mattress pad. Every child, when learning, will have an accident at night at some point. Keep the protective cover on until the child is past the accident stage. For a child who continues to wet the bed, bedwetting alarms sense urine and wake the child so he or she can get up to use the toilet, the AAP says. Your child needs to reset the alarm before going back to sleep. These devices are most useful when a child already has some bladder control and has had some dry nights without using the alarm. If your child has difficulty staying dry at night, use a plastic or rubber mattress cover beneath the sheet. Encourage your child to change the sheets him- or herself when he or she wets the bed, but don't do this as a punishment.A. Have your child use the toilet just before bedB. Limit the amount of fluids your child drinks just before going to bedC. Use an alarm deviceD. All of the aboveYour score was:
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Print Source: Toilet Training, UptoDate.
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Online Source: Bed-wetting, American Academy of Pediatricshttp://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/toddler/toilet-training/Pages/Bed-wetting.aspx
Online Source: Cognitive and verbal skills needed for toilet training, American Academy of Pediatricshttp://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/toddler/toilet-training/Pages/Cognitive-and-Verbal-Skills-Needed-for-Toilet-Training.aspx
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Online Source: The right age to toilet train, American Academy of Pediatricshttp://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/toddler/toilet-training/Pages/The-Right-Age-to-Toilet-Train.aspx
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Author: Sinovic, Dianna
Online Editor: Sinovic, Dianna
Online Medical Reviewer: Moloney Johns, Amanda, PA-C, MPAS, BBA
Online Medical Reviewer: newMentor board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
Date Last Reviewed: 7/1/2013